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Lyndseyc555 (In Progress) on June 25, 2014 (email verified)

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Journalism and Mass Comm This is my third year attending the online degree program through Ashford. The concept behind the unique education process really turned me on to the school. I was in the Armed Forces (journalist in the Army) and wanted to make the most of my education from the military. Maintaining a full time job and family is hard enough, so an online focused curriculum was essential for me. From the beginning I had issues with their finance department (i.e losing paperwork, holding excess funds for more than 14 days (which is against the law), and a poorly organized staff). Despite the flaws with their finance department I was committed to getting my degree. Over the 3 years I have had 4 student advisors. I was forced to request student loans from my first advisor and when I told her she was wrong she threatened to kick me out of school. So, like anyone in my position would do, I requested to speak with her supervisor. She then stopped returning my calls, hung up on me and refused to give me any information about who he was (seriously!). That didn't stop me, about 5 weeks after I finally spoke with him after emailing him several times and leaving multiple messages. He changed my advisor and my experience started to look up again. Until my advisor changed again without my knowledge and they started double charging me for classes. Their financial department is a mess. Their advisors are uninformed and it seems as though they read a script when speaking with you. Most of your classes are pre-chosen. Although I got a random email yesterday saying I needed to pick 8 credit hours of electives so I could finish up my degree. All the classes I chose, were unavailable. All their material is online and written by a professor through the University. The professors seem to have a respectable education background, but most of them honestly don't care. My current instructor can't even spell my name right, and it is right in front of her when she is grading my work. You are basically paying for a degree and it is a very self motivated program. Some of my fellow classmates should not be passing classes. I have provided an excerpt from a discussion post as an example, "I believe for the benefit of the people, the citizens should have the only right to make the decisions concerning certain decisions. Remember, this would be the President that would make decisions for the benefit of the people". The assigned discussion was "explain the Electoral College, discuss pros and cons of the system and explain how you believe this affects contemporary America." She had no in-text citations, her APA formatting was not used and she ended the discussion with essentially, a signature. The following quote is the response from our instructor, "I enjoyed reading your discussion about the electoral college. Your discussion is also well written and well organized. You also have a good discussion about why the electoral college is needed and how it works." Seriously? Well organized? Her post was 4 sentences of something that makes no sense, nor does it meet the expectations of the instructions. If you want to pay for a degree, this is the program for you, but if you want to be challenged and earn your education, you should not waste your time.
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Edsmithjuly (In Progress) on May 26, 2014 (email verified)

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Education Material I am having a few problems with Ashford University for the simple fact over matter. If I have a scholarship that offers to pay for my materials then why can I not receive my material by mail. I know that I am an online student and the College and personnel may think that it is good to read our assignments online but three to four chapters then testing without the book? Please when a student pays for their college of decision then why can't they have their books? Doesn't the students goals of academics mean anything? Elma D Smith BA Social and Criminal Justice
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 10, 2014 (email verified)

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This is the worst college I have ever attended Let me start out by saying, I have been to four different colleges. I have attended two traditional colleges and two online colleges. From my previous experiences, this is the worst college I have been to. I immediately began with intermediate Algebra where I had several issues, the math system they used was not user freindly, nor was their math examples very good. In order to figure out how to complete the equation I had to go to Khan Academy or youtube videos. In the homework section, you could not move from one week to another without completing the previous week. That means if you were late completing your assignments in week 1, you could not start week 2 until week 1 was finished. My next class was psycology 202, which every student has to complete. I do not hav any complaints, that class was pretty good. After that class, things get stupid. It takes 2 months for them to finally get me into a degree plan. My academic advisor double books me in classes, and acts like I did something wrong (only advisors can book classes). Two weeks after I start my history class, I was dropped from the college. I call them up to ask what is going on and they have no answers, it takes them about three weeks for them to find out I was dropped because my degree finally went into effect. They told me it was an isolated case and they have never experienced this issue before. Because of that issue I am still waitng for my transcripts to be evaluated. Remarks per catagory: Materials: Most of the material is online. If you want the paper copy then you would have to pay the difference. Teachers: I have had one horrible teacher. He did not listen or read my emails, he formed an opinion without paying attention to what was said. I ended up having to get me academic advisor in on it an he could not figure out what was going on with the professor. Institution: You have to work very hard here. They are condensing eight weeks worth of work into five. So you have to oput in a lot of effort. Support: Support was amazing. I never had to wait long and were able to answer my question. Value: I have not attended this college long enough to comment Use of technology: This is the best college for technology. They have apps for the iPhone and iPad which includes your class, grades, degree plan, and degree progress. In all fairness, my fiance also goes to this college and not had any of the issues I have had.
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Pat.jackson (In Progress) on April 4, 2014 (email verified)

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Stay Away From Ashford - They Will Lie To Get You In! I was mislead from the start. Financial Aid does not cover all fees like they stated. I only attended four weeks of classes at Ashford. I stopped going the day I found out I had a balance with the school after only attending 4 weeks (Hundreds of dollars I now owe them, so they say). They did receive some money for me, however, not enough to cover all the fees. They lied about obtaining my transcripts from my old college that I told them was closed before enrolling. Overall, I attended for weeks of classes and now I owe them hundreds of dollars. I would have never enrolled knowing I would have another bill to pay being a single parent today.
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Fablespinner (In Progress) on February 12, 2014 (email verified)

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Communication Skills are Vital First things first... Read the negative reviews with a critical eye. How are the communication skills of the reviewer? If the person posting a review cannot communicate with decent grammar, spelling or syntax, there is a reason they are angry. They don't have the skills required for higher education. You are going to get out of your education exactly what you put into it. You have to have a working knowledge of Microsoft word, basic web navigation skills, and a mastery of basic communication skills. Online education is structured, you have deadlines to meet and you will be required to write a research paper at the end of every class to assess how much you learned. If you can't type an e-mail without typing in BINGO (B4 instead of Before for example) or chatspeak (LOL, FTW, LOL, :) ;), etc...), then you are going to struggle in the discussions every week and your final paper. If you don't know the difference between You, Your, You're, There, Their and They're do not bother to enroll yourself until you have educated yourself on your own and brush up your communication skills. Early on in my education I would cringe at what people were posting on the discussion forums! Pathetic grasp of English grammar being the worst offender. Nobody cares how my you love Jesus, your kids, your pets, etc... This is not social media it is a school. Keep your religion, politics and helicopter parenting offline. However, if you can self-manage yourself, stick to deadlines, communicate well and have great time management skills you will get a decent education. I've maintained a 4.0 GPA (The highest you can achieve at Ashford. They do not use A+ (5.0) as part of their grading rubric. Again, you are going to get out Ashford as much effort you put into your education. Now that the people not qualified to be in higher education have been thinned out of the herd, my classes are far more enjoyable and educational. It's really hard to take feedback seriously when you cannot understand what people are saying to you because their English skills are abysmal. I am now dealing with serious students with great communication skills as a senior and it is refreshing. I've not had any issues whatsoever. However, I knew what was expected of me before I went back to college for my second BA. I know what student loans are like, I have no illusions that I am going to be in debt when I graduate. You'd be surprised how many people think Student loans from the government are "free money". Apply for grants and scholarships if you are concerned about financing your education and remember you not NOT guaranteed a JOB after you graduate. Be prepared to apply to several companies before you are hired. Ashford is not going to find you a job, they only give you the opportunity to increase your salary potential through education. Don't go in with the mindset you are going to be handed a degree and a job. Be realistic. Nothing in life is ever guaranteed. Use your critical thinking skills, go in with full understanding and work. Getting a degree will require a lot of work. Work hard and you will do well.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 13, 2014 (email verified)

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Pretty good for the most part I've been going to Ashford for over a year now and only have about 10 months left until I'm done. For the most part it's a great school. I really can't complain. Technology, support, everything. I will be proud to have earned my degree from Ashford University. My only complaint has been some of the teachers. They have an attitude problem. Not all, but two of my teachers right now and a couple in the past. Some have a problem accepting a discussion post for what it is, and try to pick a part your discussion. I read through tons of discussions and that's all the teachers responses can be, trying to pick apart. Asking too many questions about your post, like, "well what do you mean it had a dark undertone"? It means it has a dark undertone. Would you like me to write a novel to explain everything? "Well what did you mean the color is blue"? It means the color is blue. There is no need to discuss what is said further or snarky remarks needed. Just read it, accept it, and drive on. Things like this I see all over posts from some teachers to everyone in class. They are forgetting, a lot of us have more life experience than them. Most of us are grown, have families, in the military, or other aspects. You will most likely encounter a teacher like this at Ashford. That's the only downside. There are great teachers as well, so don't get me wrong.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful

Anonymous (Graduate) on January 10, 2014 (email verified)

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Great Overall Experience I have read many of the reviews that seem to be saying that an education from Ashford University is not worth the paper that it is written on, I totally disagree with this in every way. I graduated with my Masters degree on May 5th, 2014. As with anything that is worth while the education you get from Ashford is what you are willing to put into it. I started my educational journey at traditional community college and then graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelors in Communication Studies. It is true that any online program experience will be different then the traditional classroom, and for some people an online program is not the program for them. I will say having gone to 3 traditional schools and then Ashford, their online classroom experience rates right up their with online classes from my State University. As a matter of fact I might even say that the online experience from Ashford is better, then taking an online class from my more traditional schools. I am presently taken an online class from a local school here, and in comparison to the quality from Ashford, it is a joke. As it is very difficult to work through in comparison. I add this to my review because so many are saying negative comments. I choose Ashford University because my son and daughter in law were going to school at the time, since then both of them have graduated and have no complaints. My son received an education degree, in which he was able to get a job in local school system, and is finishing local requirements for his teaching license. Even those getting this kind of education locally must do extra work to get your teaching license. He would not even been given his present job without Ashford education. I hear many of the students feeling as if the education did not get them their desired results. The truth is that any degree is only a piece of paper and the rest of the opportunities that come your way is up to you. I am satisfied with the degree I recieved from Ashford. In order to be successful you must be willing to be disciplined and willing to keep up with your classes. I found the advisors helpful, and the teachers willing to work with you when challenges came. Yes the classes are extremely pricey, and make sure you are getting the degree you want, because the loans add up, and you will not be able to do another program most likely. Best advice to you after graduation is loan consolidation, and income contingent, especially if it takes a while to find work. As the job market is not easy right now. In my case my education was in a field different from my work experience. I would recommend finding experience in that field. Volunteering, and Interships are often helpful. As in my case I still have wound up taking other classes in order to get Practicum experience in field to get the job I really want. This is not Ashfords fault, but it is the one draw back I see for their programs. As employers want experience. A degree without experience is difficult to get the job you want. All in all I still feel that my education at Ashford was more than worth it, in the long run. I also personally attended the graduation ceremony, I would recommend it to everyone, as this is your time to celebrate your accomplishment. I found the graduation ceremony very wonderfully done, and when they sent the degree, it arrived in a wonderful frame with school logo. I did not pay extra for this. I would recommend Ashford to a student that needed a degree, that could not attend the more tradtional classroom. However, if you are able to attend a more traditonal school that includes Practical experience in your field of choice, you might want to consider this instead. As employers look for experience.
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Rudyw54 (Graduate) on October 22, 2013 (email verified)

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Excellent Instructors at an Excellent University I began my quest for a college degree in 1972. After receiving my Bachelors in Social Science in 2011, my wife urged me to continue my educational pursuit. Consequently, I received my MAED from Ashford On October 7. 2013. Howbeit, there were times I wanted to quit; but at my age, you don't get many chances for academic success. I salute the professors and academic advisors that made my transition into online schooling a smooth flow. When I began this quest over 40 years ago, I did not have technological advances students experience today in the classroom. Nevertheless, the Ashford staff was very patient with me; answering questions I did not understand and assisting me when crucial challenges arose. After all these years of attending various schools, I found the right one to fit my learning style and preference. It was the ride of my life; and a fun and educational one I might add. I want to personally thank all the professors, academic advisors, and untiring staff at Ashford University for helping me fulfill my academic dream; I'm a graduate...and a happy one indeed. I must admit, the work was challenging; but what could I expect...it was college. And after all is said and done, it was up to me to perform. Ashford gave me the knowledge and tools, but I had to do the work. Thus, I give the highest regard for an excellent university; and am proud to call Ashford my alma mater. And great appreciation to my wife for not letting me quit.
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Par1rose (Graduate) on October 12, 2013 (email verified)

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Excellent Experience & Education I graduated from AU in 2012 with a bachelor's in Social & Criminal Justice with a minor in Organizational Management. I have had a few bumps with one or two admissions people, but overall, I have to say that my education is top notch, my experience was great and I learned what I needed to and expected. As with anything else, its all in what you put into it. People who complain about support etc., I've read some reviews where the complaint is that they didn't give them a second chance after they broke the rules etc. I am currently enrolled in a master's program and I have the same great things to say about their program, school, professors and experience at Ashford...it is a great institution.
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Cpd9468 (Graduate) on September 26, 2013 (email verified)

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Best investment I graduated Summa cum Laude in March 2013 with a BA in Sociology with a minor in Public Administration. Since I applied and was accepted for SmartTrack, my last 3 classes were at the Masters level and qualified me for dual credit. I rolled right into their MPA program with 9 credits out of 36 already completed. An alumni scholarship also reimbursed the cost of the 4th completed course. I will graduate in April 2014 with my MPA.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on August 18, 2013

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Stay away from Ashford University I enrolled in Ashford University online because I was a single parent who had to work full time but desired an education in order to find a job to help ends meet. I was mislead by advisors, had a financial representative who changed my fafsa information that caused me to lose my grant and constantly double charged me among other terrible issues. I worked hard for my grades and degrees only to find out that my Master's degree would get me nowhere. In fact, I was led by advisors to take this master's degree program because it would allow me to teach college (I did not have an educational degree). Now, the degree says you must have a teaching degree to be in the program. After finding out (by applying for a job at many colleges) that my degree was bogus I automatically notified the college advisor ect. The college Reps. have ignored and not gotten back to me except for an email that said I signed up for the degree even though I was not a teacher or qualified and that makes me liable. Since when does a college allow you into a program that you are not qualified for? They don't! Which says that I was mislead and fooled. I owe alot of money for a degree that did not get anywhere. BEWARE! BTW, they never took off the extra charges either (over 10,000). I should have forgone the degree and paid more attention to my children. Precious time lost and a debt of 75000 for bogus degrees that has caused me much heartache.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful

Sean (In Progress) on July 18, 2013 (email verified)

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Great Content and Practical I am currently completing the final core course in my Master's program (MAOM) and over the past months I have been able to apply what I've learned at Ashford and it has made a significant difference in my career. Executive staff have taken notice of the changes in how I interact with people, how I understand the organization, and the contributions and suggestions I've made, as a result of my learning experience, to the organization. For the most part I've found the quality of instruction to be extremely high (Over the past 4 decades, I've accumulated hundreds of units at Cal State Universities and Community Colleges) and the coursework is both challenging and relevant. There have been exceptions -- one instructor wasn't very responsive and was a little formulaic in her responses and comments -- but the majority have been helpful and encouraging. I've found a few MINOR goofs in some of the assignment information, but nothing of a significant nature and the issues were promptly addressed by both the instructor and the administration as soon as they were raised. As with anything in life, you only get out of something what you put into it. If you work hard, follow instructions, exercise some common sense and critical thinking, you will do well. No one is going to hole your hand (at least in the Master's program), so you have to be self-motivated and prepared to perform. After reading a number of comments regarding the quality of student writing, I can agree that there a a significant number of people who don't write well -- but as a professional technical writer with more than 25 years experience, I can say from personal experience that this doesn't significantly differ from what you find in industry. Every day, I read materials prepared by graduates with advanced and terminal degrees from big name universities (Berkeley, Stanford, Cornell, Harvard, etc.) that don't write very well, so I can't blame the university for a lack of personal writing discipline. Overall, I rate Ashford very high and would recommend it to anyone who has the drive and discipline to stay the course and apply themselves. I only wish they had a doctoral program!!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on July 5, 2013 (email verified)

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Depends on the people I originally looked for a school that offered history as an online degree. I was originally told I could take History and organizational management so this is what I started with. I can say that although I have seen some reviews and people say that after they are initially enrolled the advisors just drop them. My advisor was a student herself and not only could I contact her with any academic problems such as having trouble with research, but I could contact her with personal problems too. She is still a friend and is a good person. I had planned on becoming an archaeologist. When I became pregnant there were complications with the pregnancy resulting in a change of career choices. I switched to the BA in psychology and BS in social and criminal justice. In that there was no problem. I enjoyed all of my courses but some of the teachers were not so good. Although they may have been experienced or knowledgeable some were rude to the point where even knowing I am a good student I had to wonder. Others encouraged me to continue and even suggested career options because of how well I wrote and understood things. I never had a problem changing degrees or specializations. I changed several times, to include a minor in sociology, add a specialization in corrections and again to drop those. That was due to financial aid, which I did not realize would not cover the course. The big problems I had occurred here. My advisor must have been ignorant or something. He told me that I could not graduate because I still had more classes to take. When I questioned him and mentioned the minor and specialization he informed me that the minor was available but I would still have to pay for the one additional course needed. However, he also told me the specialization for corrections was not available because I switched my degree to psychology. I was pissed and told him that he needed to check his information because I was supposed to be receiving a dual major. So after all that, he checked and apologized and said that I was basically done with my courses. If I wanted to do the minor or specialization I could but they would be out of pocket. For the minor one more course and for the specialization 5 more. He said my options were to do the minor for sociology, the minor and specialization in corrections or I could be done and graduate. Of course the last part was contradictory to his original statements. All in all, I enjoyed the classes and they helped me to evaluate things I didn't normally do. One example is you have to take a film course or there is another option but I went with the film. I find myself analyzing things in films all of the time now, but this is not bad. Having worked 3rd shift to begin with, the online option was really good. When I became pregnant and was still working it was even better. I found the materials relevant to the classwork. Most courses, maybe all, required a paper at the end, so if you don't like researching and writing that isn't for you. Some courses also had tests at the end and most had quizzes throughout the course. The capstone for both my psychology and social and criminal justice required an extensive 20 page paper. For me I learned most through the research. I had a good experience for most of the part but there were teachers that weren't so friendly and some problems with financial aid, only towards the end. I have heard some people have problems with collections from them; I still have to pay my graduation fee; yes there is one just so you know, $150. I still haven't paid it because we don't have the money. I haven't heard anything collection wise, but transcripts and degrees cannot be given until you pay that fee.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 2, 2013 (email verified)

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A critical look at Ashford Let me start off by saying that there are several things that Ashford does very well. First, Ashford has an amazingly intuitive user interface. I am concurrently taking classes at a Cal State University and have yet to have had one online class be comparable in general ease of use. Second, Ashford's Constellation program (basically a better version of nook and kindle for desktop) is designed to make studying and note-taking a breeze. Third, the structure of the classes (clear course objectives and predictable assignment dates) makes learning while working simple. All that aside, Ashford is by far the worst scam I have ever seen. The classes are expensive, teachers are lacking in ability, and students are often on par with remedial-class high school freshman. Competent students truly can learn from their classes--the course materials are well written and the pre-approved assignments and discussion topics do lend themselves to creative thought and analysis--if the students are willing to put in the time and effort to teach themselves and monitor their own progress against learning objectives. However, the grading, interaction amongst students, and instructional feedback is a joke. I am so very disappointed with the caliber of writing that is accepted and praised by the staff. Discussions are often plagued with run-on sentences, half formed ideas, consistent misspellings; and that's just from the teachers. I know this is harsh and there are teachers who appear to be decent writers with respectable backgrounds and students who are legitimately attempting to learn, but the majority of the time, I just feel like I'm learning on my own. I know why I'm using Ashford; I need a fast degree to satisfy a job requirement. However, I wouldn't recommend Ashford to anyone else as a legitimate way to earn a respectable degree. If anyone from Ashford's administrative staff is reading this, please implement serious policies about quality of work and require more from your teaching staff. Quality over quantity; remember that short sighted planning equals failure in the long-run. Ashford has so much potential; the focus just needs to be shifted to improving quality of education rather than improving the size of profits.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful

Anonymous (Graduate) on June 6, 2013

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Good school, but do your homework! I transferred about 2 years' worth of credits to Ashford and (not counting over a year spent deployed overseas) took a little over 2 years more to finish my Bachelor's degree. A few things to note: 1. Their accreditation is regional, not national. Some businesses and schools will care a great deal about this, but many will not. Check out a school's current standing as far as their accreditation goes before you commit to pursuing a degree through them. 2. Unless you're transferring to a school in the same university system or community college system, you will almost never see all of your credits transfer over. Sometimes this is because of differences in accreditation, but more so it it because of profit motives. Ashford has a residency requirement of 30 credits, meaning 30 of them must be completed at Ashford regardless of how many you have. Yes, they're a legitimate university, but they're also a business. 3. They're very military-friendly, and most of my courses cost no more than my military tuition assistance. It might seem like they're taking a loss on that, but they more than make up for it in volume. It's a guaranteed revenue stream. 4. In the past couple of years the coursework has gotten more difficult, but there are standards which must be met to maintain accreditation. 5. It is YOUR responsibility to make sure your assignments are turned in on time and your records are straight. Check your financial stats and degree progress regularly, and be proactive if you think there is a problem. Likewise, have a backup plan for times when you find yourself without Internet access or your computer suddenly crashes. Communicate regularly with your instructors, and let one of your advisors know if there is a problem such as instructors not responding to your questions. 6. When it comes to education, you get out of it what you put into it. You don't have to like every single course (I barely skated through two or three, but passed) but you'll see at the end how they all tie together. Plan ahead and think about how you can build on each experience and each course. You will need to be computer-literate, and take extra effort to stay afloat, such as online tutoring sites, if you're struggling in a course. 7. Overall, I'd rate my experience as mostly good, and would recommend Ashford University to my friends with the above-mentioned caveats.
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Erniel1960 (In Progress) on June 6, 2013

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It's up to you. An education like all else in life is what you as an individual make of it. Bridgpoint, (which own's Ashford) has plenty of issues/growing pains, but the instructors are by and large very good. Dealing with Bridgepoint is infuriating, I beleive mainly because they have many unqualified people working there, students perhaps? Remember also that Bridgepoint is a business first and foremost, which obviously means that profits come before anything else; (including your education or stipened check). Being able to get a degree online as opposed to having to go to a traditional "brick and morter" school is a convienence, and for every convienence there is surely a price to be paid. Ashford, and it's instructors are fine; Bridgepoint is a nightmare, I am almost done and am eager to put Bridgepoint behind me.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful

Jclvr (Graduate) on May 2, 2013 (email verified)

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Thoroughly a GOOD university. I have read the reviews listed here and agree with a few but disagree with the majority. Yes, nothing is perfect and Ashford is considered the same--not perfect. Have I had problems and issues arise? Yes. However, I have ALWAYS had great support from the staff; my advisor is a GODSEND!! NO JOKE! Palmer, is his nickname, has been a tremendous help to me throughout the years--not just the first 5 weeks. He still after 3 years sends me emails to check in on me and see how I am doing, how things are going etc. The staff that represents Ashford may not all be this way; it is what that specific individual that represents Ashford wants to be. If you do not like your advisor CHANGE it and work with someone else--after all, you are spending all that money why not make it good for you?! I have also dealt with the financial aid department SEVERAL times and have ALWAYS been treated with the highest regard; they have gotten back to me sooner rather than later or not at all & have always provided me with the answers that I seek. I am 1/2 way through my Bach. Degree and have had a wide range of professors, instructors, and even Doctors for "teachers". Most have been very beneficial to me and my educational goals and only 1 or 2 I have not liked but still were good. I cannot imagine going somewhere else or giving up my dream. The world has become a different place of hard roads and difficult times where you need credentials to help get you anywhere worth going. I whole heartedly believe that ASHFORD IS ONE OF THE BEST, and stand by my decision to attend this school from start to finish. I have just over a year left and look forward to being able to start the next chapter in my life--my career. I recommend this university to everyone.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful

Gentileamanda (In Progress) on April 22, 2013 (email verified)

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Great Experience I have read the reviews several times over, in the last almost 4 years that I have been at Ashford, Ive even met (just in casual conversation) several other students and I seem to be the only one I know that is having an amazing experience. But the truth is that while the complaints I have heard all seem valid, I have not experienced any of the issues others have. My Student advisor changed a few times the first year but the last several have been the same amazing guy,(thanks David Hewitt!) he is quick to respond always helps out in a matter of minutes and is quite reassuring when I have a freak out. Ive been on the deans list the entire time Ive been here and am about to graduate in Sept (2013) summa cum laude. Ive never had technical difficulties that were not immediately remedied and for the most part Ive really enjoyed learning each new class. I like that it is short intense sessions and that there are several people that have been in other classes. Overall I think school like ANYTHING you do in life, you are going to get OUT of it what you PUT into it. I would absolutely recommend it to others.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 25, 2013 (email verified)

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Ashford University is a wonderful school! I have read all of the horror stories written here and on other misc websites. However, I am here to say that I am receiving a good quality education at Ashford and I will be graduating with my Associates degree in business in just over a month...a fact that I am very proud of, along with my family and close friends. I was forced out of a long standing position and had no luck finding any other work even though I had plenty of experience, due to the fact that I did not possess a degree. I signed up with this school after PLENTY of research and I am not the slightest bit sorry that did. I had been at Ashford 1 1/2 years when I was hired for a wonderful job due to the fact that I was about to obtain my degree and they were impressed that I had a 3.9 GPA, was a member of Phi Theta Kappa through the school and have been on the Deans list since I began...ALL things that traditional schools offer. I have also received a raise because of my additional education and been informed that when I graduate I will receive another. I will also receive special consideration over my co-workers for promotion if I continue on to obtain my bachelors degree, which I am considering. I have never been harassed by Ashfords student advisers and as a matter of fact, they have been invaluable to me! The worst problem that I have had in two years was a temporary difficulty accessing my next class and my student adviser had the problem corrected before the end of the day and I started the class on time. All in all, I highly recommend Ashford University and advise anyone reading the negative posts on the web to consider that every school is going to have people who have had problems and although some of them are very real, many of them are completely unjustified due to the student themselves causing problems. Many of them do not like to write and believe me, if you attend online school there is A LOT of writing...there has to be! Just do your own research and don't be afraid to call and ask questions...I did it two years ago and now I am graduating! Woohoo!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 19, 2013 (email verified)

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Attention Military Vets! I chose to go to Ashford 1. because the school where I live does not offer the program I want and 2. Because I have a lot of friends who are still active duty or who are out and using their GI Bill. The idea of a 5 week class was appealing to me and the advisors were GREAT at giving information and making the enrollment process easy for me. First of all, after enrolling, I had to redo my VONAPP form twice due to FA losing my stuff or not understanding it. When I tried to contact them, it took days, until finally I called my admissions advisor. Which is also when I asked him when they are going to send my verification in to the VA so I can get payed. The day I enrolled, they told me they would send it in after the 3rd week. As the first 3 weeks was like a trial period...whatever. THEN, they told me they don't send anything to the VA until after the class is complete. So that's 5 weeks, then the 3 weeks it takes the VA to process it. I'm sorry but waiting 8 weeks to recieve the online BAH rate is just rediculous. And the fact that they lied to me just pisses me off. They are money hungry and yes, of course they "work with military." They love taking our money. Another note, the first class, PSY 202 is honestly a joke. I feel like higher education is great anyway you chose to do it. However, I am worth more. I know I deserve a great education, not just a piece of paper. And for all you Vets, you deserve more as well. A lot of state colleges have distance learning programs and they are well worth it. I think sometimes with active duty and veterans we get ahead of ourselves. We take the route commonly traveled by our military peers, but I really think we owe it to ourselves to do the research and go somewhere worth it.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 8, 2013 (email verified)

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Do not recommend!l I went to Ashford for one year in 2009-2010, then took a break when my child was born, and I am now attending again (2012-2013). Every day I regret ever taking any classes at this school and wish that I had gone to a local school instead. I am too far into my degree to switch now, I will have my BA in the next half year. The first year my academic and financial advisors were constantly changing. It was difficult to get ahold of an advisor, and even more difficult to get any follow through. When I returned more than half of my classes were missing from Ashford's copy of my transcripts. None of my advisors would order new ones, even though I filled out the application to do so when I reapplied. My academic advisor advised me that I had to get the transcripts myself, and write an email to her listing every missing class and describe why I think it should be applied to my degree. Thanks for all the help! I finally, after a month, got it resolved. I have had more trouble after that mostly because my advisors don't want to do any advising and still have a high turn over rate. The classes are a joke. All that is needed for an "A" is to open the book to the appropriate chapter, pick any sentence, quote it, and give a summary of the paragraph it came from; do this twice a week for five weeks. I am a sociology major, I find that I am repeating the same discussion over and over again class after class. The school is far too expensive to justify this low quality degree and all the trouble in dealing with the advisors. I could have gone to a state school for half the cost and probably would have learned something useful.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 7, 2013

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Stay far far away!!! I enrolled in this institution thinking I was actually making a good choice. After I figured out that I'd be better off at a traditional campus getting hands on experience, they enrolled me in more classes. Used up the little extra financial aid I had left over. The day after I requested my transcripts outrageous fees were on my account. Tried to get it fixed, but I was told in order to get my transcripts I had to pay any holds on my account until I could recieve my requested Transcript. I feel that was an attempt to force me to remain taking classes. Ashford isn't for everyone. I'm done with it!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 18, 2013 (email verified)

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Don't let the false propaganda fool you The online component of the place is run by a business and is not a real academic institution run by academics. The faculty don't really have much of a say in what goes on outside of just doing their jobs of grading for the online classes. I noticed that most of the students in my classes can barely put a decent sentence together and seem to be borderline illiterate. If these are the people getting degrees, then a degree from this so-called school is worthless. There are no tutors to help students who obviously need it and they don't require students to take a placement test to see what they need help with. Think about it, if just about anyone can get a degree with little work, then what is the degree worth? I plan to transfer out to a real college as soon as possible and I will just pray that they will take my credits. I really don't know why this place hasn't been shut down already.
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Ndovahkiin (In Progress) on February 15, 2013 (email verified)

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Decent School I have been pursuing my BA of Business Administration since February of 2011. So far, I have successfully completed each course (22 courses total) I have taken earning grades of A's and B's with nothing lower than a B-. I am currently working on my major-specific courses. I need to complete 7 more major-specific courses and then I will only need to complete elective courses. I am currently in my 23rd course, which an accounting course (ACC-206). In the past, I had never had issues with any of my assignments until I began the accounting courses (ACC-205 & ACC-206). I did end up passing the ACC-205 course with an overall grade of a B, however, the updated syllabus and new course material (digital book) did not seem to complement each other which is the same issue I am having in my current course (ACC-206). I am currently in my second week of the class and I do not have any issues with completing the discussions, the final paper, or the journals, but the weekly exercise assignments are problematic which is quite frustrating and stressful since these exercise assignments happen to be worth 50% of my grade. The subject of accounting has never been an issue for me in the past, but I have found that a lot of the information required in order to successfully complete these exercise assignments is not thoroughly explained in the course material/book. I have actually ended up hiring a CPA to tutor me specifically for these 5 assignments. I feel that I should not need to hire a tutor and that more information needs to be included in the course resource area. This has been on of my biggest problems so far since attending Ashford University. All of my previous courses were not a problem and I feel I learned a lot of useful information as well as information that I will probably never need in the future. I have given the materials a rating of 10. Almost all of the required course text books are digital copies and always cost $75, which is conveniently taken out of my financial aid loans/grants automatically (all required course text books for each of my previous classes were digital copies). The digital course text books include helpful features, such as highlighting to make notes, being able to easily select chapters and chapter sections to browse, and my personal favorite which is the search tool to search for any words or phrases within the entire book. This makes it very simple and fast to find definitions for key terms. I have honestly always preferred having a hard copy of text book materials, but Ashford University's cost-friendly and convenient course material/digital text book set-up has made me completely comfortable with digital copies. Almost all of my instructors have been decent instructors. I can only point out a few that were not helpful. I do wish that instructors would be more engaged with the students and provide more information than what is simply required of them. A few of my previous instructors would post helpful links to websites, articles, quotes, tools, etc. for the students to use and it definitely made the whole course experience much better. I wish more instructors would be like this. I have read both positive and negative reviews about Ashford University all across the internet. The reason I chose to attend Ashford University is the fact that my step-father had just recently received his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Ashford University and had a pleasant educational experience. He has since continued furthering his education in the Psychology field but has transferred to a different University (not for any negative reasons relating to Ashford). Ashford University is one of the most affordable online colleges, which is another excellent quality of this institution. The few news articles I have found speaking negatively of Ashford University have made me somewhat skeptical, which is why I am not giving the Institution a rating of 10. I am rating support as a 3 specifically because of the people who work in the financial aid department answering phone calls. The reason for this low rating is because I have been straight up lied to by people working in the financial aid department on numerous occasions which was quite frustrating and unprofessional. There have been a couple ladies who were very helpful, but the fact that I have been lied to so much by people working in this department has made me lose respect for Ashford University. Ashford's financial aid department needed a simple document from me to be completed in August 2012 in order to process my next financial aid disbursement for my new academic year, yet failed to inform me of this missing document until September of 2012 when I happened to e-mail my advisor asking about my next financial aid disbursement. I promptly completed and faxed the document the same day I found out they needed it. A few days later, I called the financial aid department to make sure they received the document and processed it. I was told they did receive it and that it was sufficient. I was told no further action was needed. A couple weeks went by and I decided to call again just for an update. The person I spoke with informed me that the document I sent was actually not good enough and that they needed me to add some information to it. I did exactly what this person said and included all the information they told me to add and faxed it to them that same day. I called a few days later to make sure it was good enough, was told by another person that it was perfect. Again, a few weeks went by and I decided to call again just to be safe. Once again, I had to make changes to the document because it was not good enough and again I fixed it and faxed it that same day. This was the third time I had to fix the simple document after being told on several occasions that the document was sufficient. All of the times these people lied to me became quite frustrating. Like I stated before, my financial aid was supposed to be processed and disbursed by September of 2012. It was not processed until JANUARY 26th of 2013!!! The document they needed by the way was only 4 sentences of information; it was not some big complicated document so there is no excuse for them taking so long to process this information and there is certainly no excuse for me being lied to so many times by people working in the financial aid department. The only reason I did not give the support rating a 1 is the fact that each time I have e-mailed an instructor or advisor, I received a response within a reasonable amount of time (usually within 24 hours). The value rating is an 8 because I feel the information I have learned and degree I will earn will be useful in my future and although it is expensive, Ashford University is still one of the cheapest online colleges. The use of technology is an easy rating of 10. Everything is very basic and user-friendly. Overall, I would say Ashford University is definitely a great online college with many great courses but they do need to make improvements in some areas.
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Dayxavieria (In Progress) on February 13, 2013 (email verified)

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Currently Enrolled and like AU so far I like the school and all and I also like that if I have questions or concerns help is just a push of a button away. I like the fact that we have books online because as soon as you highlight it automatically makes a study guide. I do not like the fact that the books are not mailed out to the students for those who attend online. I feel as though I can study more and get the most out of my education with books I have in front of me instead of online
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 9, 2013 (email verified)

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Current Accounting Student I am currently double majoring in Accounting and Business Administration through Ashford. This school has been great. I have had 3 different Academic Advisors, but 2 changes were due to changing degrees. My current Advisor calls me regularly on a set up date and time. The classes are challenging and productive towards the class. The discussions however, not so much. As stated before, there are sometimes issues about commenting on someones post when there is no real relevance to the topic. The instructors give feedback, some more than others. They do tend to work with you when you have a family emergency or just need a break in between classes. I really havent had any problems with this school. I really enjoy my classes, professors, and advisors.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 6, 2013 (email verified)

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Be careful!!!!! I enrolled in this school for a short time. I didn't care for the way they have you sign a agreement with a set price for the program before they evaluate transfer credits. Also the the adviser was kinda pushy. The financial dept also told me i would get over 5,000 back; before I even was given classes. I was not enrolling for money but to further my education.So i decided to cancel enrollment.
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Amelsw1089 (In Progress) on January 31, 2013 (email verified)

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I Have No Regrets. Ashford University has exceeded my expectations! I must say that it truly upset me when I read all of the negative comments. I'm currently a Junior at Ashford. I'm working on a BA in Health and Human Services/minor in Psychology. Before Ashford, I was a student at Ohio University. Ohio University is a great school and we all know that. The problem is that I have Epilepsy and Lupus. Therefore, I struggled to make it to class as I was scheduled. After finishing my last course at OSU, I made a call that gave me the chance of a lifetime! I called Ashford. I believe that as long as you are dedicated to your studies and truly want a degree, you will also love Ashford! Some may have complaints, but I have noticed most of them regard grade requirements, finances, etc. Here is the deal, the grade expectations are the same for all students recieving financial aid through any school. Ashford lays their expectations out in front of you from the go. My advisors have been great! They always respond to me within 24 hours or sooner. They have mailed me cards regarding my grades and thanking me for being a great student. Not to many schools go out of their way to recognize students for things. My instructors have also been very prompt and helpful. Since becoming a student at Ashford, I have referred seven more students. All of whom made it through their first year and still going strong! School is what you make of it, they all have rules and regulations that we must follow. Overall, after I finish next year, I will be moving on to the University of the Rockies (Ashford's sister school). There I will be working on my Master's program. Please, do not let the negative comments influence you. If you truly are interested in furthering your education, Ashford is a great place to go! On one last note, one comment was suppose to be written by an admissions rep. from Ashford. There is one of two things, either it's all a lie or that person had a negative experience(due to their own actions). Otherwise, an employee would NOT be degrading her place of employment. Good luck and Best wishes!!!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 26, 2013 (email verified)

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WORKING PARENTS READ THIS!!! I honestly feel for those that had bad experiences with AU, but my experience has been GREAT so far. I find it hard to hear that people complained that the classes weren't challenging enough, or financial aid disputes, or even one complaint that their online faculty worked only part-time. The whole point of online school (at least in the beginning) was to help working people obtain their degrees. The classes are set up for those who just don't have time to go to a regular college. You have a new class every 5 weeks until you graduate with very little breaks, but that is so you don't have such a work load and you can still get your degree in the expected time frame. For those who want the experience of an on-campus college...then go to one! I love Ashford University because I can take care of my family, go to work, and be home while obtainig my degree. I also would like to add that this is not a fly-by school, you have to put forth effort to reach your goals! So I say this, if you are a working parent, looking to better yourself, this is the school for you. However, if you want the traditional college experience and anything that goes with it...just go to a traditional college and leave AU alone because it "wasn't what you expected"! Again, most online colleges may let you be lazy and just pass you along, but not Ashford. They expect you to do your best and do challege your intelligence, and that is probably why they're accredited (unlike many online schools). By the way, my instructors, financial adivsors, and student advisors have all been GREAT!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 24, 2013 (email verified)

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Ashford is Not Easy--But Worth It! Studying at Ashford University was one of the best educational experiences of my life. It took me 4-1/2 years to get my BA starting from scratch. It was a long road but well worth it. Not sure about all the people complaining about lack of help, guidance, or instruction. I literally had no problems with financing, scheduling, or instruction. I worked my tail off and graduated with a 4.0. I stayed on top of all my reading and research on a daily basis. Plus, I always worked with my advisers to schedule all my correct classes. I can only imagine that the people who had trouble didn't put in the full effort that a college degree requires. If you put in (on average) 1-2 hours every day of the week, then you should have no problems EARNING your degree with honors. Social Science with Education Concentration was a very informative and challenging degree to earn. It prepared me to become a teacher. The only thing left is to take my teacher certification courses and student teaching--about a 6-month process. I wish you all the best luck and motivation for your education goals!
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Heymstootie (In Progress) on January 23, 2013 (email verified)

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I certainly don't understand what the fuss is about If I hadn't had an online university to earn my BA in Psychology, I would have been in trouble. I have been on disability for some time now and with chronic pain. However; nobody is perfect, and not all instructors click with all students. That is just a human fact. I have have THE best assistance and communication from my academic/financial aid advisor, as well as ADA Access and Wellness Assistance...awesome assistance. Regarding communication with your instructor; you have email, "ask your instructor", and if you need addition feedback why not just ask? If I need to know the answer to a question, I ask for it. When I read the comments from students who seemed to be "bashing" what soon will be know as my Alma Mater, it bothers me, especially when they did not complete the courses. Also to the young lady who was dropped for a while because she was out of school for a month. All you had to do was provide documentation as to why you missed that time; and if it was deemed acceptable, you would have probably been reinstated. I have had to do that due to illnesses, hospitalization, etc. I have enjoyed my education at Ashford University and I appreciate what all the members of the staff has done for me. That being said; Good luck to you all. Julie
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Ummi_8 (In Progress) on January 6, 2013

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I love Ashford University I am now in my last year at Ashford University (I only had to attend two years because they accepted all of my credits from previous schools), and I must say that thus far, it has been a challenging but enjoyable journey. I have attended other on line schools as well as on campus schools, and I must say that what I have learned from them does not compare to what I have learned at Ashford University. This school has a rigorous curriculum, and you will not be able to just slide by. AU curriculum is research based, so you must have excellent research skills. If you attend this University, than you must work hard because if not, you will not succeed. I (and all of my fellow classmates) have to write 3 (course related) pages each week for each subject (Including Math) along with other assignments, and we have to write a 10 page research paper on the subject matter in the 5th week. For the most part, my Instructors were knowledgeable and their feedbacks on my submitted work aided me in understanding my courses better; priceless. There were times when I thought about quitting because of some of the reviews; but then I would think about all I that I have learned and I just cannot leave it; and having every last one of my credits excepted by AU, is a big deal as well. Also, I like that my student adviser places at least 10 future classes on my portal, and I am very excited about all my classes to come. Furthermore, I know of two people who have graduated from AU, and they both were able to find work in their fields. However, I must warn everyone, that if you attend AU, YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO DO A GREAT DEAL (UNDERSTATEMENT) AMOUNT OF RESEARCH AND LEARNING ON YOUR OWN. I capitalized this to emphasize that you must be dedicated and you must work hard to complete your course load. Furthermore, each class last exactly 5 weeks, and your next class will follow the next day after your previous class has ended. I hope this review was helpful, and I am looking forward to finishing my education and obtaining my BA from Ashford University.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 26, 2012 (email verified)

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Use caution and understand each experiencei s dfferent To begin Ashford on the service has a very competitive and very good selection of higher education programs. That being said for my experience with them this is where it ends and begins to be a nightmare from the beginning. When you are considering attending here and request information they will call you up to 3 times a day and email you at least once a day until you attend, even if you say your not interested then the emails will still continue but not the phone calls. The phone calls come at all times of the morning, afternoon, and evening with no limits on how many times they try. Well I made the decision to go here, it took them months to transfer credits from the only other school I attended. They incorrectly processed my financial aid so I did not receive the proper amount resulting in me paying out of pocket immediately in order to continue my education. Their policy is that any school that made any entry into the clearinghouse for you regardless if you attended a class there ultimately or not they request records from. If they do not receive those records then you have to fill out a form and you are put on Academic Probation for your first few classes because of that, and this rule doesn't care if you transferred in 32 credits with a 4.0 GPA or not. My admissions counselor was a nightmare, she was very pushy, called and emailed me to the point of harassment and then could not answer the questions I had once they were asked of her. Getting in contact with your other counselors takes an act of a higher power or calling more times than the average person who works and attends school as. In my case when I did get in contact with my Academic Adviser she was about as rude as they come and a complete turn off from this school. When taking a bachelors degree you only do one class at a time which is a good thing and one of the few this place had. My instructor was a good instructor and graded and conducted her class with professionalism and the highest in quality. My biggest gripe with this school is that as one person put it they are "snakes in the grass". Whenever you have an issue with a class, instructor, academic policy, financial aid issue, etc. I can tell you very simply do not expect any response or contact from the school. When I decided to go back to my old school I never once received a courtesy call from any of my advisers to try to work out the issue I was having. Nope none of that they simply sent me an email and told me I owed them additional monies and it is expected to be paid in full before transcripts are released. As I so "politely" informed them that I already paid thousands out of pocket for their screw up and that it would be over my dead body before I paid them another dollar and that if they had professionals running the place there would be no need to have this conversation right now.......they have left me alone since then. So as I said please if your wanting to attend this school do your homework. While my experience with liars, incompetent advisers, bad policies, and lack of communication may not be your experience just please use caution and NEVER let this school handle anything of yours. Another word of caution and a BIG lie that students are fed is that you are unless you opt out of it is everyones refund is on a 30/70 rule. Instead of getting your refund entirely when it is due to you, they instead will give you roughly 30% of it when you are due for it and then the other 70% is put away for you in case you "need" something like a textbook for class. Which actually is a lie as your financial aid pays for both the class fee and the textbook needed. In reality if you read the fine print of the fine print of your enrollment application it states clearly that if you elected to let the school "manage" your funds then the interest that accrues on those monies they "manage" is kept by the school and not passed to the student. When I questioned both my financial aid and enrollment advisers about this I was lied too and told that was not true and I quoted them verbatim from the form itself as it was right in front of me. They told me that they would have to get back to me and then promptly hung up.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 20, 2012

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ATTN: MILITARY ATTENDEES This University tries to scam Military memebers after claiming to be "Military friendly". My husband was in the middle of taking a class when he was called to pre-deployment training. He submitted all of his paperwork in order to not have to pay back the course since he was serving his country. Months later we are getting threatening e-mails saying his account will be going to collections if not paid. After numerous e-mail and many voicemails not being returned, we are at a loss of what to do. Do not fall for their "Military friendly" scheme. THEY WILL SCAM YOU!
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Tammy.saad (Graduate) on December 14, 2012 (email verified)

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Do your research on this school. I began my educational experience at Ashford University February 2009. I researched the school, and read reviews from other students that left me with mixed feelings and ideas but I decided to give Ashford a try anyway. From the very beginning, I felt disappointed because I didn't feel very challenged in my classes. I raised this issue with my advisors, who assured me the curriculum would be more challenging as I progressed through the classes. The instructors rarely gave real feedback, and there was no real interaction between the instructors and the students. Even as I went through the advanced classes, the quality of the discussions in the discussion boards were not college level, with many of the responses from my classmates either filled with incoherent babble, or copy and paste jobs. The instructors are all part time employees with other careers and jobs. These are not professional college level instructors, and many of them were not even knowledgeable in the area they were teaching. I gave up trying to get instructors to expand on ideas, or answer questions concerning the concepts and ideas presented in the course work. About half way through my degree program, I just merely did the work required in order to get my degree, while pursued my real education through research over the internet, and study guides for certification test in my chosen career field, and by talking with professionals in the field. I would not recommend this school to anyone based on my experience at this school.Any college that does not invest in hiring full time instructors should be suspect. I encourage anyone considering enrolling at Ashford University to read the findings reports from accreditation agencies that refused accreditation to the school (WASC) before making a commitment to attend, as well as reports from the Department of Education, and Congressional Investigations and Hearings concerning Ashford University and Bridgepoint Education.
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Clb06260 (In Progress) on December 10, 2012 (email verified)

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My Ashford Experience My view on Ashford is mid-range apparently. This is Ashford University and not the other Ashford that was apparently a sham. I am happy with my online format most of the time, the books are ok but like most schools overpriced. I was dropped from Ashford last year for being out a month which is a rediculous reason to drop people and I almost left for good. I am half way through my B.A. in Psych though and figured I'd go back rather than start again. This school is regionally accredited and that's good, for many online are not. They also accepted my class credits for every class I had completed. The advisors have done well keeping in touch most of the time but they do change them too often and some are better than others. It takes considerable discipline in any online class, because you must rule yourself, no one will be standing over you waiting for the next paper. I would recommend this school if you don't expect a need for a lot of breaks, and if you like the online format. I do miss on site schools though. Hope this helps.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 29, 2012

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Your success is what you make of it! I don't understand why there are such ridiculous negative reviews. College is what you make of it and no matter what college you go to, you will only be as successful as you want to be. It took me 2 years to get my Bachelors through Ashford and you need to have alot of self-discipline. I think that the negative reviews come from students who lack self-discipline. The courses are condensed, which may be a bit more difficult that a 16 week course, but if you are serious about graduating in a timely manner, it is worth it! Some classes are harder than others, but that's how it is when you are in a regular university, as well! My first academic advisor as so hard to get ahold of, she was a nightmare. I am assuming she was fired because I was assigned a new advisor the following year and she was amazing and even called to check up on me every couple of weeks! This is an awesome college and I would highly recommend it.
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Cindymayhorn (In Progress) on November 11, 2012 (email verified)

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New input on negitive reviews on Ashford Universty After reading many of the negitive reviews on Ashford University, I would like to give some input into my own experience at this University. First of all, every credit in which I had from my previous institute of higher learning were transfered to Ashford University and excepted. Secondly, the curriculum for the Psychology, and Social and Criminal Justice BA are very competive and the oneline classes are comparable to that in which I took at a regular classroom. The only difference I have found is in that of the student. If you are a student who is really interested in your education, then this school could be for you, however if you are looking for a school where you can basically just breeze by, then I suggest a different school. All schools have their pro's and con's. In my situation with Ashford University, the pro's certainly outweighted the con's. I will have obtained two BA degrees in April 2013, and I have learned much while attending this school!!
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(In Progress) on October 17, 2012

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They add an extra class when you get ready to graduate This school is definitely operating to make a profit. They make the most of student loan money. I do not have a problem with that as long as in turn I receive the education I agreed upon. I have received my B.A. and decided to continue on with my MBA. I enjoyed the classes, felt like I learned alot and the program worked well with my schedule since I work full time. As I approached my graduation, with 3 classes left, they changed the plan that they had laid out for me from the beginning and stated I needed to take an additional class to be able to graduate. This caused a major hardship for me for several reasons. 1.) I was up for a promotion based on the graduation date they had given me - I will now not be eligible. 2.) My student loans were based upon the number of credits and timeframe the school planned out for me. 3.) My graduation will be pushed back 3 months which is causing a financial hardship for me and my family. They will not discuss this with me and they led me to believe I was graduating 1/8/13. To this day, my account still states the original schedule and 36 credits to graduate, but my advisor says I must take 39 and cannot graduate without it.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on October 6, 2012 (email verified)

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Ashford University has a really good business program I recently graduated from Ashford University in the Spring of 2012. Through working some insane hours as a truck driver, and studing hard over 20 hours perweek, I managed to achieve a 4.0 GPA. In addition, I earned Summa Cum Laude honors, and was entered in the Golden Key Internationl Honour Society,Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapters at Ashford. (I say this in a humbling way because I had to work my tail off the achieve these results). My program was in Business "Organizational Management" in the online sector of the University. First off Ashford is a Tier 2 College. Overall, this means that Ashford university provides a solid education. If anybody did not know Ashford is regionally accredited (North Central Associaton of the Midwest) by the ICABE associaton. There are three governing bodies of college accredidation in the United States of America. The first started in 1916 is the AACSB, the second in 1988 is the AACSP, and the last started in 1997 which is the ICABE. In order to succeed in an online environment, an individual has to be self motivated and read the whole text book on his or her own. Since a student is not in a class room environment the professor does not have time to break down the courses to make it easier. Therefore, the online sector is more demanding in a shorter five week period. The second thing about Online environments, is that it is writing intensive. The third thing about an online environment, is a person needs some life experience to really succeed in a non-traditional college program. I would say Ashford University formely MT.ST.Claire College, will be around for many years to come. However, I do believe that the Ashford University should provide better equiped academic advisors, who can stay with a student instead of shuffling them around to different personal every few months. Finally, Ashford Universiy should also provide some online tutors and counseling personel,if needed to help students when they need a boost. My reason for this is that non traditional students sometimes deal with emotional problems,because of juggling work,family,academic,issues and they may need some help once in a while.
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Ess0445 (Graduate) on September 28, 2012 (email verified)

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Overall Ashford experience from a graduate. After reviewing other online education formats, Ashford seemed to be not the worst choice; however, there were issues with misinformation and the time it took for some to return phone calls or answer messages. They are awarded a 48 hour turn around for returning phone calls or messages, but that does not apply if it is a weekend or happens to occur on their allotted days off (which can turn easily into 4 days). When a class is only 5 weeks long, a 4 day turn around is unacceptable. I also found many of the instructors to be disinterested in the course work, and were even told by some of them about the minimal requirements they had to abide by. I did not qualify for any governmental aid, so all of my classes were paid through student loans that I am responsible for. My largest complaint is the lack of interest the educators have and I was paying at least as much as a standard university (brick and mortar) but was basically required to teach myself through text readings and research for many of my classes. For those of you who do not have the time or money to do this, I would recommend researching other venues, or actually attending a traditional format. It will still end up taking the same amount of time, and you are not at the mercy of Ashford's lackluster commitment to its students. I found many of the advisors (which are constantly changing) to be inconsiderate and condescending, and it is very difficult to get an answer from anyone. They are great at brushing the student off. I did graduate from here with highest honors (summa cum laude), so this review has nothing to do with grading. I worked many hours of every day reading and researching to learn and earn my grades. Overall, I would not recommend this school to anyone who has to pay out-of-pocket. If it is a free education, and you don't care about being treated with respect, go for it.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on September 26, 2012 (email verified)

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Ashford University is great! Ashford University is a great school! I've been at this institution for three years and had no problems with the teachers, students and staff. I would recommend this school for those that are serious and ready for committment in their academics. I already obtain my Bachelors degree in Organizational management and now i'm currently working on my MBA!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 21, 2012 (email verified)

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Want to regurgitate the textbook? Great school. Want to be challenged and learn something? Don't bother. I made it through one class at Ashford before I decided it wasn't for me. I was a little uncomfortable from the start, considering most of my classmates could barely form a cogent thought, but I was in an introductory class and figured it was just 1. the diversity of majors represented, and 2. a learning experience for them as they came to see the university's expectations. I was wrong. I was wrong about a lot of things, including that it was in any way worth it to pay $1275 for 5 weeks of access to a discussion forum, a hugely biased textbook written by university staff, an instructor who posts form responses (if she responds at all), and a TA with power trip issues. It wasn't a class. It was guided self-study with two rather leading questions posted per week. By "leading" I mean the questions were biased toward a particular set of personal beliefs, and were clearly trying to guide students toward agreeing with those beliefs if they wanted a good grade. The book was poorly written and ridiculously slanted as well--and often contradictory, yet you were expected to pick only one answer on quizzes. The principles of psychology were basically discussed as "adult common sense written with big words to try to sound impressive." Eating too much will make you fat, so don't eat too much? Really? I'd never have known that without this book. Overall, I could have spent $30 to buy a comparable (and better written) used textbook online, joined an online discussion forum on the subject for free, and likely had the same experience. Likely a better experience, as there was no discussion. No progression based on the ideas we covered. Instead of using the topics learned to explore new ideas, we were simply expected to regurgitate the text verbatim. I dropped after my TA flipped out over my final paper and took it personally. In the interests of full disclosure: I only 95% followed the assignment requirements, in that I did analyze the topics required but took a different approach in presenting an example of why we could use these topics for further analytical development rather than just accepting them as-is. I knew this would reduce my grade, and I accepted that wholly, and stated so in my paper's conclusion. I made the choice, and I was willing to deal with the consequences, and intended to convey quiet acceptance of that. In the draft of the paper my TA gave me additional feedback on changes she wanted to see in my writing style, and I implemented that feedback as requested. Nonetheless, on the final paper I was subjected to a diatribe full of accusations and lectures--about not taking feedback (which I did, and thanked her for); about not speaking in a superior tone to my instructors (apparently self-deprecating humor is now superiority, and apparently I'm a 19-year-old sophomore who can't speak to another adult on even footing, rather than an adult professional); about whether or not I think because of my life experiences and the way I think, I should get an exception to the grading rubric (I did not, never asked for that, and bluntly stated I knew I would lose points and was fine with that); and about her accusation of "What kinds of students should get exceptions to the grading criteria?" That was the last straw, and the only reason I'm being so petty as to write a review of the school; prior to that, I would have shrugged the school off as "great for others, not for me, but certainly an interesting experience." But in this instance I shared very personal things as related to the subject matter of the paper, things that apparently allowed her to label me as a "kind" of student, some sort of charity case or something--which is an intensely hurtful thing to imply to someone who has spoken honestly and with no expectations in what should be a safe, objective academic environment. Her job was not to judge me as a person, no matter what she perceived my tone to be. Her job was to grade my paper against the established criteria. If she felt it didn't meet the criteria, she was free to mark it down. I would gladly have accepted a zero score if she felt I failed the requirements. What I could not accept was her taking my paper personally, accusing me of "burning" her, or--when I emailed to clarify her accusations--bringing religion into my objective academic environment by invoking her accountability to God. I have no problem with religion, and I respect others' beliefs--but a university is meant to be an environment devoted to objective study, and it disturbs me to think that someone who would invoke that kind of bias in communications using their university email address (as in, official communications) has control over the objective grading criteria of anyone's coursework, let alone my own. So I dropped. Even though I was making an A in the class, I dropped, because this was not the right environment for me. So here's the lesson: if you attend Ashford, you'll get a piece of paper. It may or may not be worth something. But be careful. Don't rock the boat. Don't ask questions that don't perfectly agree with the instructor. Don't expect to be treated like an adult rather than patronized as a child. Don't be different. And don't ever, ever think for yourself.
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Sarah.crawford83 (In Progress) on September 19, 2012 (email verified)

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Great Experience! I am one class away from finishing my BA in Healthcare Administration from Ashford. I have had a wonderful experience! I attended a traditional school first and just struggled. When choosing Ashford, I was actually drawn to the fact that everyone was so interested in helping me with my success! My advisor responds to my emails almost immediately. She has been wonderful throughout my coursework. I have been so pleased that I decided to pursue my MBA there. It is an MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Administration. I worked full time throughout my coursework and am a mom of a 3 year old! Ashford made it possible for me to complete my degree and even go on to graduate school! I would recommend it to anyone!
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Kimborkowski (In Progress) on September 11, 2012 (email verified)

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Ashford University Online is a JOKE!!!! This was the biggest waste of my time! I worked my behind off for a year. They recieved over a dozen checks from the government in my name for books, etc each few weeks. After the first year, they informed me that my grades weren't up to what they considered "good". I was given the chance to finish the class I was in. Half way through the class after they made this "deal " with me to sign over the last check to them and I finish the class and then see about how my grades were. Two days after they recieved my check they shut me out of my classes and refused to tell me why. I should mention that I was constatnly given a new advisor every few weeks. That way one could say "oh I have no idea what was done between you and your last advisor". It was a horrible, confusing, infuritating waste of my time and a year and a half. I got nothing out of it. Except the constant harrassment for me to pay the 10,000$ loan off that wasn't even used. Which is now hindering my credit report. I am curious if there are people out there with a lawsuit against them. I would love to be a part of that. I also spoke to someone from the school who told me they have people read these and if there are bad reviews they are supposed to try to counteract the good with the bad and do damage control. I am certain if that person wasn't doing there job and not balancing the complaints there would be nothing but terrible reviews!
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Trevor.blazon (In Progress) on September 11, 2012 (email verified)

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Admissions are Like Hungry Sharks Did I mention admissions folks are like sharks? I applied to a few schools at the same time to make sure they give me all information required, instead of just asking questions and get b.s. answers. That was a mistake. Admissions lady called me every chance she could. In the end I just said forget it and enrolled in another university. My problem was that the reviews told me admissions were like that, and they proved it. They want your money and that is it. It made me really nervous to complete the admissions process because I thought they would get my money and and not let me out (if needed) without a legal fight. After a few days went by, another admissions person called me trying to get me to enroll. I reiterated my conversation with the original "fool" and he just kept going on and on until I just cut him off. I heard they will keep calling, I have a surprise for them--called an air horn down the phone.
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Keyshaym (Graduate) on September 10, 2012 (email verified)

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Ashford University A+ I just completed my BA with Ashford and will shortly start my Master's with the University as well. I will be teaching and with the education classes that I took at Ashford along with my State's Certification Class. Everything flowed in perfect order. I really enjoyed the class structure.
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Indecorous (In Progress) on August 31, 2012 (email verified)

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If you want a diploma, this will do. If you want an education of value, go elsewhere. I knew that online college was not going to be the exciting, challenging educational experience I crave, but I at least thought that a school would be more selective in the admission of students, making sure that they had at least minimal writing skills and the intellect to handle the courses. I was mistaken. Discussion posts, when understandable at all, are so poorly written (in the vast majority of cases) they are nearly impossible to respond to in a meaningful way. Cheating is everywhere. Everywhere! And it is incredibly easy to get A's with minimal effort if you have the intellect of a 16 year old. I am so disappointed and frustrated to have wasted almost a year, only to be looking for another school at this point. If you want a real education that you can be proud of, go into debt and go to a real school.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 31, 2012 (email verified)

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Ashford Online Ashford University was the best decision that I have ever made. Although, I have only been attending this institution for a few months, they have proven themselves to be one of the best online institutions you can attend. The professors are great and will get back with you ASAP whenever you have a problem, or if you just need some advice on the best route to take on getting your assignment completed. I have attended Carrington and DeVry and found that Ashford's schedule is much more flexible than the previous universities/colleges that I have attended. My only problem with them was the financial aid department, I know that they have a million and one students to cater too, but it would be nice if they would answer an email if they couldn't answer the phone. I recommend this University to anyone because again they have proven themselves to me too be the best.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 18, 2012 (email verified)

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Just a bunch of salespeople My mom recently graduated from here and had a decent time with it. I liked how their online program wasn't just posting on discussion boards and getting participation points like schools like Baker. You seemed to actually have to put effort into it. However, all I did was ask for some information about the programs, and was actually intending in going to the school. What turned me off from actually accepting and going? The phone calls I STILL get to this day and I "requested" information and went through the whole process of talking to someone a YEAR ago. I was pretty ready to go with fully accepting and becoming a student when a few things started raising red flags. First, my "admissions counselor" (aka the saleswoman I was dealing with) was really sweet, but once she started tagging on minors that I did not ask for or want to persue, told me that my fully accredidated credits might not "transfer" if I decided to take one more semester of community college (in classes that always transfer, such as economics and chemistry) I started getting a little worried, especially since they say they will take up to 90 credits. I don't even have that many. Eventually I made up some bs to try and get them to stop calling; saying I had a family emergency and was no longer going to be pursuing an education. Well, I still get phone calls from my "admissions counselor" to my cell phone, my home phone number. I get calls from the "financial aid" department, and a couple of other departments when I asked them to stop calling me. Maybe if you guys didn't act like you were trying to sell me something off of an informercial and actually were trying to provide me an education, I probably would have been halfway done by now. Instead, I might attend WGU, where they've only called me twice since I asked for information!
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Goodmorgenmusic (In Progress) on August 1, 2012 (email verified)

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Financial Aid Nightmare Well, I'd like to comment on the quality of education this school offers, but unfortunately, I never made it past their financial aid department. The absolute WORST experience ever and 2 months later, I was told I had to start the process all over again and I might hear something in 6-8 weeks. I also do not understand why they have a "no tell" policy when it come to your financial obligation BEFORE starting class. they will only tell you what you were approved for and what you might have to pay out of pocket AFTER you start classes and have been enrolled for 6-8 weeks. Would you buy a car and wait to see what your financing details were AFTER the contracts were signed?? I tried everything to get some answers and eventually gave up. I don;t see how good my education can be if they can't even get their communication straight.
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Lonestar0487 (In Progress) on July 31, 2012 (email verified)

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Don't listen to reviews with poor grammar/writing skills! After reading many of the previous reviews, the negative ones are a joke! How credible is a review if the person writing it has no idea how to use a period, appropriately capitalize letters, spell, or use proper grammar (since it is an academic review, not a text message)! Not to mention, the many complaints based solely on finances. Apparently, if all a person has to complain about is how he/she dropped or failed a class, yet had to pay for it (of course), then he/she obviously should have stayed in school! Or, how about the ones who, most likely, only enrolled into school to receive stipends; then, want to complain for not receiving as much as they thought! My honest experience, thus far, at Ashford University: My enrollment counselor, accurately, answered all questions that I had, and remained very supportive in the enrollment process! My academic advisor has either had all of the answers to my questions and concerns, or used his available resources to find them! The first couple of courses that I've attended was filled with students who seemed as if they have never even attended middle school; they have either failed out, or dropped out (I wouldn't be surprised if they wrote one of the previous reviews on here)! My courses have been very informative, and will be useful in the professional world! As a reminder, a student must read the textbook chapters and other course material in order to actually learn something; once a student does this, he/she is less likely to post a negative review about not learning anything! For military students, the tuition discounts are awesome, and books are free! Ashford transferred in all 26 of my credits, earned from my previous "real college" (negative reviewers, 2009-2012)! I have loved, nearly, everything about this school, including the easy-to-access online Student Portal! Time management is everything, however, if you care about the amount of knowledge you obtain from your educational experience, anywhere! I just love the fact that Ashford requires each student to evaluate their current time management skills, then teaches each student how to improve them! I love that each course is only 5 weeks long; this really helps me get through the difficult ones! There are, also, so many educated, and supportive, instructors and professors who teach these courses! To make your Ashford experience a positive one, all you have to do is this: 1. Be self-motivated and driven to earn your degree 2. Utilize effective time management skills 3. Thoroughly read the instructions for course assignments and discussions 4. Log in and post at least once a week to maintain required attendance qualifications 5. Read, and turn in assignments on time 6. Maintain an open mind and a positive attitude about your progression in life! Everyone has the ability to succeed!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 29, 2012

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Do Not Waste Your Time I am in my fourth course at Ashford University. When I applied to attend Ashford within a week I was attending classes even though I wanted to get financial aid straighten out first. My first course the was excellent. The instructor challenged the class with questions and my fellow classmates were literate. My second class and third class it started to go down hill. A lot of my classmates had poor grammar and some of them could not spell. My third class was English. The instructor is not part of the Ashford Online Faculty. I would say a good 2/3rds of the class did not have good grammar nor did they know how to spell. In fact there was an ex-drug dealer in the class. I'm in INF103 and our instructor is an impostor. I have asked questions of this instructor four days ago and have received no answers. I have left the school. I do not recommend the school. Anyone thinking to attend Ashford, do not waste your money!!!
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Mecashah (Graduate) on July 15, 2012 (email verified)

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A great experience! My experience with Ashford University was a great online experience! I received my MBA in Human Resources Management in the Spring of 2010 and I am currently working in my field. I believe that with my enhanced degree, it has helped me tremendously to grow within my field of HR. I recall everything went smoothly, such as with my financial aid, purchasing books, the instructors assistance, the lectures and homework, etc. In the end, my Husband even accompanied me and flew up there for my graduation and it was an amazing experience to actually attend the university and walk across that stage with pride. I have even recommended this university to other friends and they are as equally pleased with the university as I am. I just want to overall say "Thanks" to the university and the staff that helped make it possible for my career growth!
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Brian.witt.1983 (Graduate) on July 10, 2012 (email verified)

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Decent University I recently completed the Masters in Education with an Emphasis in Higher Education and Family and Community Services degree. Before I enrolled in the Masters program, I finished my BA in Psychology through Ashford too. When I graduated high school I did the whole brick and mortar, traditional university approach and I found it to be quite rewarding. However, circumstances came up and years later, I wanted to finish the last two years of my degree. After researching many different school (in 2008) I chose to go with Ashford. Overall, the program had its ups and downs. There were some courses that I found easier than others, and there were a few teachers that were difficult to please. I feel like I must admit that an online degree is “EXACTLY” what you put into it. If you want to excel and get a quality degree, than study study study and put an effort into your work, otherwise you will probably not take away the appropriate lessons. If you have trouble with time management, remembering what you read, composing intelligent essays, etc than Ashford, or any other school with an online program is not for you. When I started my degree in 2008, I caught a lot of static from family and friends, all of which were screaming that I would get no benefits from an online degree. Now just about every college has an online program and there are more and more people getting their degrees online and a lot of this has happened in the last five years. As mentioned before, the degree is what you decide to make it. I have done every form of education from institutions to academies to online, and I feel that I got the best education from the online programs. As for the school itself, I have very small and minor complaints. ALL of my teachers were prompt with feedback or emails, and many of them provided their office numbers for phone communication. The classes were a bit predictable and some weeks there were terribly off balanced (meaning that one week you might have one discussion and the next week you might have a quiz, two discussions, an essay and a journal), but with any form of time management skills, you should be fine. My biggest complaint was with my advisor, she was slow to respond and often didn’t answer my questions. However, with that being said I have to let you know that in my 4.5 years with Ashford, I have had about five different advisors, and they were very good with communication, so I believe my last advisor was in a class of her own.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 6, 2012 (email verified)

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Not Harvard, but not a scam either I hope my review is helpful because I read some that are so off-base, I felt it necessary to provide a personal note. Where do I begin? OK, for starters, this is not Harvard, Yale or the University of Chicago; but you will get a quality education, if you are truly committed to higher education. If you are seeking an education that is practical and valuable, then you should consider attending Ashford University. It is noticeable that complaints about this school are for the most part, related to financial aid. I have attended this school since 2010 and when I had a problem, it was quickly resolved as my FA kept me informed until its resolution. I believe that one problem is those who complain are not ready for an online learning platform because such a platform requires a prospective student to conduct proper due diligence before attending the school. The assignments are research driven, so if you are not motivated to conduct a lot of online research, then an online learning platform is not conducive to your goals. One issue to address is Ashford, as a for-profit institution, offers everyone an opportunity to earn a degree. That is not the best philosphy, but consider the people that run the college answer to shareholders. Therefore, it is important for the school to consistently earn income. On the other hand, they do not get the respect they seek to earn and that is unfortunate. I must emphasize this school is not a diploma mill. Some instructors are easier than others as in any college. But the tough ones can be very demanding. So,imagine the take-way of a prospective student who just wants to have a college degree and is told "you can learn at your own pace". You know, "hit the books when you are darn good and ready". Well, that person may incorrectly assume they can truly "learn at their own pace". This is not true, because the classes move quicker than you may anticipate and multiple written assignments are due every single week. If you care to learn to write, this is a heck of a good place. Initially, you will notice that the written skills of many new students are less than impressive. However, once you progress in the system, you will notice the skills of those who by the time they have completed their sixth or seventh course are much more efficient, as some instructors will take issue with your skills. The good news is the admonishments are, for the most part,done individually and not in view of classmates. Incidentally the school follows the APA style. Watch for plagiarism, it could land you in a heap of trouble. Finally, I believe that if a person can not follow-up on their financial aid and is simply seeking hand-holding and an income, that person will be disappointed regardless of which school is involved. Not only will their financial aid move slowly, so will their classwork and learning progress. You reap what you sow. Stay on top of your business and blame no one else if you do not. Follow-up is the key to the achievement of any life-long goal. Best wishes in attaining your goals, G
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Overexceeded35 (In Progress) on July 3, 2012 (email verified)

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Some clarity for those searching here I've been a student here for years now and I'm finishing up shortly. I've read a lot of these poor reviews and honestly it seems like a bunch of BS. How is Regional Accredidation crap? Most of your local universities have the same thing!!! My credits didn't all transfer? Maybe that's because you changed your major in Junior College 5 times and your pottery classes don't count towards a Psychology Degree! Why didn't they tell me about the costs? Right, because when you spoke to them you diligently took notes on everything covered. And OH! Guess you missed the entire breakdown on the application on tuition and fees! If you are hard working and just too busy for campus classes like myself you should absolutely go here. The online format is one of the most convenient college routes you'll come across. Yes it's more then the community college. But a community college doesn't offer Bachelors Degrees people! Quit whining about your mistakes and learn from them. If you don't start now, you will just be a victim for life. I've enjoyed my time at AU and don't want you slandering my school because YOU were lazy.
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Tonimajor87 (In Progress) on July 3, 2012 (email verified)

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Ashford!!! I see where a lot of people are saying this is a fraud or an non-accredited school. Well I live in NY and the school here excepts transfer credits from this school so that proves them wrong. It is at least accredited in NY state :). I absolutely love this school. I am doing well and the work is not as what some people call easy. Its easy when you start out but it is not when you get into it further.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 28, 2012

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Do not make a bad disission . I am soooooo disappointed in ashford , just go to local university and get your self a real education a real degree and a real job .
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Leeryannavy (In Progress) on June 28, 2012

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How are these people in business? I have attended many schools. This is the worst. This school caused a major financial hit for me simply through disinformation in order to make a sale. I was signed up and classes were paid for at a local college with guaranteed class transfers to the local universities. I was told by ashford that they do all the legwork as far as contacting my old colleges as far as transferring courses. I have been to 5 colleges and the idea of someone doing the transfers for me was beneficial. I contacted ashford to see how much post 9/11 I would be paid per month (at a local school, I would receive 2000 a month), they told me I would receive 3/4 of full time pay (that means 1500 a month to me). I also asked if I could receive the summer pell I was scheduled to receive at the local college (2750 for full time summer school, 2 courses over 9 weeks), I was told yes no problem. I also asked if my classes would transfer, I was told ashford was regionally accredited. After the first full month of courses, I received my post 911 payment. I called the school to inquire why it was only 600 dollars. They told me I receive 3/4 pay...but ah..new information... But at half the national avg rate! Woops that's a 2000 dollar hit for me. I ask about my pell, apparently I have to take 4 classes to receive it (as opposed to two) and they have to be consecutive. At 5 weeks at a time that's 5 months (as opposed to 9 weeks) to receive my pell (you cannot take more than one class at a time without a special waiver. So that's another 2750 hit. Then I decided screw this school I will finish out my class and go to a local university. Called all the local schools...surprise! Nobody accepts ashford Credits! So essentially I wasted 5 weeks of my post 9/11 and lost thousands of potential dollars as well as an entire summer of classes I could have transferred. Also I failed to mention the financial dep dropped the ball on my paperwork 4 times even while applying to the school. Long story short...DO NOT GO HERE
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Ndhardy (Graduate) on June 22, 2012

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Excellent University and program! I am very impressed by the professionalism and support received throughout my degree! It was a wonderful experience!
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Carleeh (Graduate) on June 13, 2012 (email verified)

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Ashford Educatiion: Worthwhile? I completed my degree in Psychology from Ashford University in 2010. The accelerated program offered me the opportunity to succeed in my goal of obtaining a BA while still working full time. During 1 1/2 years of getting up 5:00am each morning and spending all my week-ends in study, I believe I excelled in my quest. I did miss the brick and mortar aspect and the camaraderie of other students. I recommend going to community or junior colleges if available before attending a web based curriculum. You only get out of any college program what you put into it. When I needed help, I received help. The degrees are accessible to those who are self motivated and definitely worth every penny. I feel, that at my age, I owe Ashford the tuition I paid. They made the financial part accessible.
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Mellowni2 (In Progress) on June 11, 2012 (email verified)

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good experience I have been attending Ashford for two years now and I must admit that I have enjoyed my experience. As I have read throgh many reviews, most negative remarks are about the financial aid process and work ethic. My finanacial aid process was easy/breezy. I completed my fasfa prior to completed my enrollment so I was already approved. They did advise me that my first disbursement would come in the fourth week of my second class and they were right on with that. I have never had any problems with the financial aid process since I have been enrolled at Ashford. I fill out my fasfa application when it is due and make sure that I get them any neccessary information they request; however getting the tax infor is easy. As far as the classes, I returned to school after 30 years so I was glad they offered the two introductory classes that helped me learn what kind of student I was and also helped me to learn about me. As time went on I learned how to write professional papers and conduct research. All of my instructors have been great with the exception of one who was still alright. Overall, I am enjoying the ride and I would not change it in any way.
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Justindhill (Graduate) on June 4, 2012 (email verified)

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Sociology BA Program Schools that charge $1400+/5wk a class really ought to be more professional, polished, and more student focused. Typical Text books are self published by professors of Ashford University. Only useful for Ashford Classes. Website is frequently down for maintenance. Coincidentally when materials and or project deadlines are due. Really hard to get reference letters from online professors. Due to them never having knowing you in person. Common responses to student requests, are sorry I do not remember you. (Multiple Ashford Students comments) Make sure you get any letter from professors during your class if it is an internet based program. Typical wait time on phone calls to Bridgeport aka Ashford University 9.5 minutes. You are dealing with a for profit corporation. Money comes first and students later. Typical paper mill. If you enjoy being in que for paper work and enjoy faxing/emailing 17 (avg) sheets to the school to blind emails like in the United Kingdom, then this school is for you. Transfer credits attempted 110+... Transfer credits granted for Ashford... circa 60. College GPA prior to Ashford University 3.95. Post Ashford University = 2.68 with primarily A and B Grades during studies with the University...? No support for Alumni in both career aid, post financial aid advice, or most any request. I finished my dying goal from Cancer treatment and finished a BA. Although I would have been much better off with a State school or such. At least the United Nations HR doesn't laugh at you with a recognized school backing/Degree. Final Lesson, not worth the price tag. Find a better and more respected University. Employers scoff at this expensive little paper. I wish you luck on your life adventures!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 1, 2012 (email verified)

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Great and challenging This is a great school. Don't listen to the nay sayers with the financial aid problems. I had no problem at all and the university was extremely nice and helpful. You have to be ready and take care of it yourself and fill out the FAFSA properly and in a timely manner. This could be part of their problem. My enrollment person helped me all the way and the financial aid department worked closely with me to fill out the paperwork when I made an error in applying for financial aid. In addition, they are compassionate. I had to take a month off for medical illness and they were right with me. Also, the classes are challenging. Admittedly, the first two classes are pretty easy. Some students in those classes wrote on a 2nd grade level at best and they were failed in the classes - they went on facebook to complain, which is how I know they did. This is far from a diploma mill. You have to work for your grades. I would recommend it if English is your first language and/or if you can write really well in it. If you don't you will struggle and your grades will reflect it. Just about every class you have a paper to write. Usually about 10 pages or so. They are very strict with grammar, etc. There is a little wiggle room for effort, but not a ton when it comes to grading. Some instructors are real ball busters.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on May 31, 2012 (email verified)

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Overall Good Experience, w/some exceptions I've been reading a lot of the other reviews, trying to gauge where my experience falls on the spectrum. I graduated from Ashford 3 years ago and I really have no regrets. I had to use every ounce of self-discipline I own to do it, but it was a great routine that I enjoyed keeping up with every night of the week. As many have said, you get out of it what you put into it. If you want to skate along and do just as much as it takes to get by, you can expect a ho-hum experience. I suspect a lot of the naysayers here were expecting an easy ride; that's NEVER going to be the case with self-study! If you engage other students and the instructors through the message boards regularly, keep up with the assigned readings and activities, and put solid effort into your papers, you will enjoy the home study experience thoroughly. Now, I DID find that books were on the expensive side through the school, but I was able to check Amazon/Alibris for the same titles/editions and in many cases was able to find them for less. I had no difficulty whatsoever with the financial aid department. My only real "complaint" would be the quality of instructors AT TIMES. I remember one "professor" in particular who claimed to have a Doctorate degree and two Masters degrees whose writing skills were at about a sixth grade level. I mean, they were EMBARRASSING! I just forwarded one of his written lessons and sent it to one of the deans asking him if this appeared to be written by someone with the credentials the guy claimed to have. I expressed my concern over someone like this being allowed to set the example for students (because I noticed many of my classmates also lacked decent writing skills). I was honest and assertive about this being unacceptable...and the dean was very gracious. He called me a couple of days later to tell me he had investigated the matter and had reminded all instructors that their written communication substitutes for lecture in the online learning environment; they must be professional at all times. I do not know what happened to that particular instructor because I transferred to a different one, but I never saw his name again on ANY of my subsequent courses after that. Other than that - oh and an HR Management instructor who didn't seem to be "up" on the most recent legislative changes at the time (I had to correct him once or twice as I've been in HR for 15 years myself) - I would say the experience was worth the time and money.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 28, 2012

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Great School for Military I agree that communication can be bad between the financial aid department and the student, however it doesn't really matter if you are military or getting your schooling paid for from your employment. If you need money to live on or pay bills then it might not be the place for you. The teachers are great, they are knowledgeable and don't give away free grades. I agree that the discussion board can be kinda a joke, however the main assignments are not. I think the main assignments are your real meat and potatoes anyway. I attended this school for my BA and plan on completing my MBA from them. They give military free books, which are expensive normally. And also give students free grants for a percentage of the tuition. I would strongly recommend this school to military members. It is very affordable and military members with the post 9/11 GI Bill won't have to pay any money out of pocket for the degree.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on May 27, 2012 (email verified)

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Worthless degrees shady financial aid Don't waste your at this school. Financial aid office is a bunch of con artist and liars. They kept promising my financial aid would be processed 6-8 weeks and then 8-12 weeks. Finally, they said there was some type of "glitch" with department of education which was a total lie. I spoke with doe and they said Ashford was dragging their feet not sending appropriate documentation. All the while they have you taking classes and getting more and more nervous while your bill grows bigger and bigger. Need a manager? They will have a "supervisor call you back the next day or later in the week" Professors are absent minded invisible people who clearly are not grading the work properly. Moreover, the school is not accredited worth a crap so your education is worthless and you will do yourself a favor by going to another university as fast as you can.
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Studentwestary (In Progress) on May 22, 2012 (email verified)

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GREAT EXPERIENCE I ENJOYED MY EXPERIENCE THOROUGHLY. MY INSTRUCTORS WERE GREAT AS WELL AS MY ADVISORS. I RECEIVED MY FINANCIAL AID ON TIME. ALL OF MY CREDITS WERE TRANSFERRED FROM PREVIOUS COLLEGES. I ADMIT I WAS VERY SKEPTICAL AT FIRST BUT I'M GLAD I CHOSE ASHFORD AND TRUST ME I RESEARCHED ALOT OF OTHER ONLINE SCHOOLS, THIS WAS THE PERFECT MATCH FOR ME. MY LAST DAY WILL BE MAY 28, 2012. I WILL TRULY MISS THE VIRTUAL CLASSROOM EXPERIENCE AND THE PEOPLE I MET ALONG THE WAY. BLESSINGS TO U ALL!!!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on May 12, 2012 (email verified)

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Liars Just Liars They lied about how much was in my student funds then my tuition went up twice ina month. like wtf and then i was NOT able to transfer my credits. they lied from day one and stole my loan money
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 7, 2012 (email verified)

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Enjoying my experiences I am currently in my fifth class here at Ashford University. I keep reading all of these reviews about the financial department, and I think a lot of it is who is your financial adviser. I have not had a single problem with my finances, any questions I have had were all answered either the same day or the next day. I would send a quick e-mail out and would get a call in return. My classes are fairly easy, I do not feel over-stressed about the workload. If you are the not the kind of "do-it yourself" person, then this is not going to be the place for you. As long as you keep up with the reading, discussions, and assignments, then this program really is a breeze. It's all about time management. I also LOVE how military friendly Ashford is. Classes and materials are discounted, which really save a lot of money. My husband and I live off of his income alone, since I am a stay at home mom at the moment, and we don't make a lot of money, so to get that extra help to make school affordable is amazing. I truly have had no bad experiences with any of my advisers or teachers and would sincerely recommend Ashford University.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 7, 2012 (email verified)

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Discouraged even before enrollment The reps from this school will not leave me alone! I requested information about this school online and received a phone call 5 minutes later. I was busy at that moment, so I turned my phone off so I could call back at my own convenience. I check the phone 2 hours later and saw 4 missed calls from the same number. So finally he calls back for a 6th time and I pick up. The representative started blabbing on and on about the school and then forced me to go through the sign up process right then and there. I was on the phone with him for a hour. He already started talking about payment options and it was all just going way too fast. I wasn't even sure if I wanted to enroll but he kept giving me all these deadlines about paperwork and financial options. I decided to read reviews like on this site and found many people had the same complaints. Then I learned that their reps work on commission would would explain the pushiness of the rep I talked to. They try to get as many people signed up every day as they can. The more I read about this school, the more I was sure I didn't want to enroll. So I emailed the guy I talked to politely letting him know I was no longer interested. He emails me back saying, "Whenever you are ready to get serious about your education, call us back." Um, like I wasn't already serious about my education before? That type of comment from him was so inappropriate! A few days later, I got 3 calls from them in one day, and then the next day and then the next! Seriously, Ashford University will blow up your phone with their begging you to join or reconsider your decision about declining. A month later, they were STILL calling me every day...I finally had to BLOCK their number. It's really ridiculous for any company to call anyone that much!
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Cnyhrmnw11 (In Progress) on May 5, 2012 (email verified)

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Overall pretty good. Be ready to actually work I am a current student at Ashford. There will always be a high dropout rate from these types of schools. It pretty well goes with the territory with holding accountability to ones self. The classes are no different than the other online school I went to other than I feel the instructors are more helpful here. I see many have had problems and I see that this school isn't going to be for everyone. I can say that I am currently on the deans list but have had to work to get it. When they say higher standard and talk about plagiarism I can honestly see it. My wife went to another college and heirs was nothing like that of Ashford's. If you are like me, a hard working adult with children, no time for a campus based education, and still wanting to get a degree this is perfect for you. Just remembrer you will only get out of it what you put into it.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 1, 2012

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Love the school, dislike the financial aid department I am in my third class at Ashford, and I am of two minds about it. Firstly, the staff is excellent! They are very well qualified and know their subjects. I am taking online classes, so you do have to expect to be patient when waiting for your instructor to get back to you. Overall, I am very satisfied with my education so far. My only complaint is that the financial aid department and their policies are seriously lacking. I have been to a traditional brick and mortar school, and understand that financial aid can be difficult, but Ashford Universities financial aid department is terrible. Because it's a "private" school, you will be rushed to start classes before your financial aid is ready; this can pose a problem for students who are depending on that extra funds for books, technology, etc. I am as I said in my third class, and still have not yet received my financial aid. Do NOT select the option to have Ashford hold onto your funds! Choose the option that allows you to receive your funds two weeks after they are disbursed to Ashford. You REALLY have to make sure you understand their financial aid policies. Ask a lot of questions! All in all though, I feel that Ashford is a great school, and I am really enjoying myself! I would recommend this school to others, however as I said before, be prepared to call or write financial aid often. Best of Luck!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 30, 2012 (email verified)

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Eh, its been okay I am only in my first class at Ashford University. I was forced to withdraw from a traditional university due to health problems and could not afford it after the fact. There have definitely been the pros and cons. Pros- it is convenient. I really like the self- teaching 5 week classes. So far it is all really simple and I enjoy the class. It seems easy to me since I have taken 3.5 years of college already. My advisor is actually really nice. I love Celinda Garza. She calls me about once a week, or sends me an e-mail checking in on me. She even let me know she was going to have a 4 day weekend so if I needed to contact someone, it needed to be so and so. The cons- financial aid department. They have been such a hassle. I'm only 21 so I am considered a dependent student although my family pays for nothing. I live on my own, pay my own bills and am paying for my own enducation. I have sent e-mails multiple times about verification and they are like yes we got everything we need, and just today they called me and were like "we need this and this." Are you kidding me? Not only do I live about an hour from my family, I have to contact them by phone and do everything by e-mail. If the school wasn't so convenient, I would withdraw simply because of how unorganized the financial aid department is. They really need to get their act together. They also only took 69 of my 112 credits from my old university. As this wasn't a huge deal (I knew some of them wouldn't transfer), I wasn't expecting to have to redo half my degree. Overall, so far I have been pleased. As long as my advisor doesn't stop calling me I may not kill the financial aid department. I will submit another review later on.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on April 25, 2012 (email verified)

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Ashford Graduate and Advisor I was an Ashford student and decided to go to work for the University. I will break this review down into two sections. First I will give an account of my experience as a student and then I will give my impressions as an employee. I was able to transfer in 81 credits to Ashford. This included about a year of non traditional test credits from Clep and Dsst. This was a superior choice for me considering the state University only wanted to grant me about 40 credits. I was able to complete my degree in a little over a year and a half. Ashford is ideal for the self directed learner. If you are someone who is willing to pursue non-traditional credits you will save yourself an immense amount of money. To benefit the most you should be self directed and stay on top of your studies and finances. You can get enough assistance from the staff to complete your studies you just need to be consistant and develop a relationship with your student advisor. Staff does change and they are busy, but this is no different from a state university. You have to make appointments either way and call when people are available. The difference is you don't have to burn gas to go by the campus. Ashford was an excellent choice for me in that they were less expensive than other online schools like University of Phoenix, they took far more credits than any other institution, the program was flexible, and I was able to pursue my degree from my home despite a move and life changes. If you are self directed and inteligent Ashford is for you. As far as a place of employment Ashford was a good place to work. Advisors are no longer paid based upon enrollments and it is really low stress. It is student focused and employees are expected to make productive use of their time. Ashford gives a lot of opportunity based upon the ability of the individual. Even though I was never promoted I was glad to see this and felt that their internal policies mirrored their mission of providing opportunities to people who may otherwise not pursue an education. A recommend Ashford as an institution and workplace to those among us who are responsible and self motivated. The framework is available to be succesful as a student or employee.
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Michael.martha (Graduate) on April 11, 2012 (email verified)

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Satisfied Graduate I would like to start this off by saying I hope my review of Ashford University helps you make an informed decision. Don't not only take my word for it, sometimes you truly have to just try something to form your opinion, continuously reading reviews will only add to the confusion. With that being said, I must use this line that I read from another individual who wrote a review, "If you don't have the patience or attention span to read this review, then Ashford University is not the place for you." I say this because if you truly want to learn something you must: Read, read and read some more. You will get out of this school, as with any school, what you put in. Yes, sometimes it is easier to just not read the chapters in the book. If this is the case, then don't go to school. You are paying to attend, and it is not by force, so you might as well learn something. I completed my Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration. I really worked hard the last two years (I came in with an Associate's Degree). With any online institution, there is a stigma. Look past this because that is how a lot of workig adults complete their education in order to advance or start a new career. In my opinion, working full time and going through Ashford University, or any online institution is more challenging than attending a campus. Classes in the BA Degree program at five weeks each. So they are fast-paced. Be prepared to write a paper almost every week. Some papers are 3-5 pages and some are 8-12 pages. Doing this method, has definitely developed my skills as a writer, reader and researcher. I am more confident in my abilities to produce a report that is high quality. Since classes are five weeks in length, also be prepared to go through textbooks at a fast pace. This is where time management and dedication come in. My suggestion is read! Some classes also have quizzes every week. Although this may seem easy, most are in a critical thinking format, where the answers are not directly found in the book. All professors were very helpful. Most responded to my emails quickly and some took their time. They responded to my questions, and were always able to clear up confusion. The classes are designed to have two discussion questions that had to be answered every week. Most professors made sure you have detailed answers and your work is cited properly. Even when responding to classmate's posts, most made sure you responses entailed more than just an agreement or disagreement. My advice, is to truly engage in these conversations, remember: You get out, what you put in. In reading some reviews, I have noticed a trend. This trend is the negativity placed on financial aid and the academic advisors. Some have legitimate concerns, and other feel as though they are the only student or the school revolves around their concerns. It is important to remember that thousands attend this school. I have had my advisor swtiched two or three times. My latest one, would take a while, but almost always answered my questions. I did have one negative experience that stands out from the rest. I had classes that were two weeks apart (end date of one class to start date of another class). So I had to fill out a leave request form. That was processed normally and I did not think I had any issue. I got a voicemail from my academic advisor reminding me about attendance. You have to log in and be active a certain amount of times per week otherwise you can be dismissed. I did not have a class to log in to because I was between them. I called her back and left her a message asking for clarification. I missed her call again and she left me the same exact voicemail. Now common sense would tell me to figure out why I am not attending, and you would be able to clearly see I didn't have a class at the moment. That was eventually straightened out, and I went through another advisor to do it. I have personally not had any trouble with financial aid. I still have not decided if I will be attending for my graduate degree, but I am definitely not ruling it out. I hope this review helps you in your journey.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 5, 2012 (email verified)

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There are better options The Financial Aid department is horrible, I read the reviews before but chose to still go to this school, well I am living proof that those reviews are indeed true for the past two months I have been submitting documents over and over again, even after I receive emails saying that it has been received I get a nother a week later saying it has not, they will cater to you to get you enrolled but once you are in there good luck with getting in cotact with your studen advisor, Mine NEVER answered her phone I call every hour on the hour for two days straight and never got an answer. I am in the military so I thought online school would be best, I am in my last class at Ashford please utilize you money somewhere that is worth it.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 2, 2012 (email verified)

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So far so good I have had no major problems with this school. I am in my 4th class without any problems. If you are looking for the easy way out, Ashford is not for you. Since the courses are accelerated to 5 week classes, there is a lot of work to be done in a short period of time. I have had no issues with financial aid. I filled out the revocation form and received my funds in my account. I have received call backs from my student advisor when I have a question.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 31, 2012

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Good School, Self Learners I have been attending Ashford University for just over a year now and I am very satisfied. Like any business (All schools try and make money) you will have good employee's and bad employee's. That is why all of our experiences are different. I attended a brick and mortar school after I graduated High School. The Prof. that I had didn't care about me any more or less than Ashford Prof. I recomend before you enroll in any school you take a learning style test to determine if online school is right for you. The early classes were easy and as I have progressed up the levels they have gotten progresively harder. I have noticed that the quality of students taking the higher level courses is great. As for financial Aid, I have had no issues. Many times the actions of the school are dictated by how your paperwork is filled out. Also most of the financial Aid paperwork is filled out online and automaticaly submitted. If something is missing it would seem to be the students fault for not completeing or submitting it. Overall a very positive experience.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 27, 2012 (email verified)

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Pros and Cons Ashford definitely has its pros and cons. The university, I feel, would work wonderfully for a professional person trying to get a leg up or switch careers. It is not, however, a place for someone looking to do serious research and academic work. I tried out the MA in Education to see if I wanted to in fact continue a traditional path for my higher education and decided four classes in to my Ashford experience that it is not the school for me. I went to a traditional undergraduate institution and will be attending a traditional Master's program in the fall. As far as instructors go, its an absolute crapshoot as to whether or not they will take the course seriously. Some of my instructors were fantastic-others I think could have done better as a retail sales assistant than being a teacher. The financial side of Ashford seems great at first, but their financial department is absolutely horrible. Upon stopping classes and active membership at Ashford, it took them three months to decide I had a balance on my account, then demanded I pay it that week or they would send me to collections. This was after receiving my first notice that I had a balance, three months after I was no longer a student there. All in all, Ashford is an affordable school, and you get what you pay for. Do not expect top quality education or work. At best, attitudes of staff and professors pass as professional, at worst amateur and ignorant. Overall, while I did have some acceptable instruction, I would not recommend Ashford to anyone.
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Kevinkocian (In Progress) on March 23, 2012 (email verified)

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Business Administration Ashfor University is an exceptional college for the money. You are required to write research papers for every class in APA format, this is why some student rate the school poorly. If you follw directions; you will get out what you put into your education. I am very pleased with Ashford University. I am in my third year at Ashford and have noting but good things to say about this college. Regards; Kevin Kocian
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Surgicat (Graduate) on March 18, 2012 (email verified)

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Excellent Option for Adult Education I graduated from the Organizational Management program Summa Cum Laude. I attended for about a year and a half and they were more than fair in credit transfer. I had attended University of Phoenix prior to Ashford and I found Ashford to be a more enjoyable and rewarding experience, much more conducive to my work schedule.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 17, 2012 (email verified)

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This Place is FRAUDULENT and a SCAM I wish I can rate them as zero. OK here it is, Im going to tell you the truth, only cause Im losing sleep over it. I am an Admissions Counselor employee at Ashford. This place is so un-ethical and full of fake people its disgusting. So here's the deal. We pretend to care about you, like the snake that puts on a fake smile and stabs you in the back. An Admission Counselor's job is to "hold your hand" for the 1st 5 weeks. These are actual words used in training class. For new employees, you think you are about to enter into a career and the world is great. For old employees, its the "whoever pays me" and "puts food on the table" ideology that they are loyal to. I cant blame them in this economy, because a job is hard to come by.. but for they all know deep down inside what they are doing, but block it off or ignore it for the undeniable strong fact that Ashford pays, and they pay well. So we "care" for the 1st 5 weeks, WHY? well let's break it down as simple as possible shall we.. each unit is $390, making 1 class $1170. the technology service fee is $1290, there are many other fees but lets just start there to make it simple. so $1,170.00 + $1290.00= $2460. Financial Aid will give "ANYBODY", i mean ANYBODY, thats any US citizen, or legal resident with a GED or diploma who wants to enroll in college full time $9500 in loans and sometimes up to $5550.00 in Pell grants. Each class is only 5 weeks long, and Financial Aid takes about 5-7 weeks to process, so once you finish your 1st class (which a 5th grader can pass), they are already got you for $2500.00+. Drop out or change your mind if you want, this is now their money from the Financial Aid and now you owe the government. You feel so smart now so you enter your 2nd class, which is also a breeze.. by the 2nd week of your 2nd class, your charge for the technology service fee is $1290 is now in stone and unrefundable. Assuming your a genius and you finish your 2nd class, so now you owe $3670. so my job was to take care of you and make sure you show up and finish your 1st college course (what a joke), and once you finish, I hand you over to an Academic Advisor that is in chargeo of 400-600 students. WOW! get the picture yet? But what's really genius is the CEO. Damn, what a mastermind... GENIUS! What they are selling is the dream.. the dream that your dumbass can graduate college. They mainly target the South, because they know these are poor areas and if we can only get somebody on the phone, we tell them to close their eyes, and picture getting the degree. will it change your life? get you that high paying job you see in the movies? Sure you can, why not? Jimmy down the street graduated, so can you. All you have to do is click "APPLY NOW". Sure, these online programs will work for those who REALLY need this service, but notice the below 30% graduation rate? lol.. All the counselors here know what they are doing, we discuss it during lunch, after work, over the weekends etc... We all speak amongst ourselves how this place is a joke and its sad what we are doing to innocent dreamers but we do it anyway cause nobody is really hiring out there. We all know the deal, but we all turn away because he who feeds you has REAL control. OK, now lets look at the BIGGER PICTURE and what this is doing to America. They are selling debt to hardworking Americans. A debt that they wont get out of because school loans are forever, even if you file for bankruptcy. I used to have that attitude, that if they're dumb enough to sign up, I get paid. and gettin paid comes 1st, its the American way. That is after 1 year into the job, and I decided to call back most of the students Ive enrolled. Out of over 50 students, only about 2 made it past the 3rd class. So I checked up on them and all of them are now in debt. Some have newborn kids and no support system whatsoever. Some of my students were the sweetest and nicest people youll ever meet, but they're so nice that they get suckered by snakes like me with the gift of gab of "painting a picture" in your head. OK, im done, you can figure the rest out on your own. So much bullshit and politics in one building.. you have entry level employees who get promoted into managers, directors, and HR, who's EGO's suddenly got a lot bigger since theyre new role. Last year, they were square JOE who had no friends coming in, after the promotion, they all of a sudden have all the balls in the world since they basically determine the future of you being employed or unemployed. promotion, attitudes and egos... I get enough drama from this place that I dont even watch TV anymore. they should make a reality show about this place.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 16, 2012 (email verified)

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such a horrible experienc i enrolled @ this university as a single mother thinking it would b a gooD fit for me.This was four yrs ago i did a semster and am still paying for it. My financial advisor....horrible.My rep was nice and the minute my enrollment was completE she was yanked and was replaced with a not nice person.i got no tech support when i needed it.i got no responses from teachrs when i needed.i got no education the time i spent at this institution and was left to foot A BILL.
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Ange_1960 (In Progress) on March 14, 2012

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Don't waste your time or money Although I began the program two courses in...my cohorts are VERY young students...very little real work experience. Boring and dull discussions with little to no interesting ideas from the instructor. Cut and paste feedback. Then real trouble starts when you want to withdraw from the program. I began the process over a month ago with almost zero communication from my Advisor. As a result, my financial aid was issued to Ashford in a (3) course block (9) credits and there it sits on my account as a credit balance. All attempts at getting ANY information out of Ashford have been unsuccessful. It's like being dropped into a black hole. Consequently, I cannot attend another school until this Ashford mistake is cleared. Do NOT do NOT do NOT attend Ashford.
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Filthyhands73 (In Progress) on March 13, 2012 (email verified)

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So far So awesome! I am six classes into my degree online and I love it so far! Ashford is a very supportive and compassionate faculty. i have had some really good teachers. I use the mobile app on my phone and it is a major convenience. They have state of the art technology and offer many programs. Google the university it has been around since the early 1900s and has a traditional school with athletic teams and all. So far I love being able to work at my own convenience! the only issues I have are that it is kinda of pricey. But all education is expensive!
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Shadowrunner37 (In Progress) on March 1, 2012 (email verified)

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B.A. Cultural Anthropology I have attended other traditional and online schools and I must say Ashford is the best. I am a senior and have had a wonderful experience here. I think that some of the bad reviews are because you have to push your self and have the self discipline to succeed in an online environment if you do not have that then you should not attend any post secondary school until you do. wWith that being said I have had a constant dialog with my professors, one of which also teaches at the UNIV of Hawaii another one teaches at UNIV of Oregon and one is A researcher at the Department of Science, so if you are just looking for a piece of paper that you can wave and say "I am A college graduate " then Ashford is not for you but if you want to learn from people working and teaching in the field you are pursuing then Ashford is a great place to attend if you are looking for an online format.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 28, 2012 (email verified)

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NIGHTMARE I decided to try out AU for the convenience of the on-line studies. The pushed and pushed for me to get into the classroom. First, they took 5 our of 30credits I had. They reassured me time and time again all my credits would transfer. They then told me it was okay to drop my classes because I was unhappy, they again reassured my financial aid would not be effected by my dropping. I just received a letter that I have $2,000 worth of loans, from ONE class. I specifically told them to not allow loans because my work would help pay...I've been trying to get a hold of them for the last two days and am getting nowhere. Too much of a headache!!!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 24, 2012 (email verified)

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STAY AWAY! I had so little interaction with my instructors that in one course I had no interaction at all, other than one email I initiated to ask a question. Nothing in the discussion forums at all, and there were others like me. Their financial department is a joke, they sent me a letter of disbursement, I sent them everything they asked for, many times over, and then they said my Financial Aid was not approved? The money had been disbursed! They are unresponsive, uncaring, and uninvolved. Stay away from here. Try U of Phoenix or Grand Canyon University, both are WAAAAAY better than this shower.
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PinkishAmy87 (In Progress) on February 24, 2012 (email verified)

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Into my second year... I am currently into my second year at Ashford and I love it. I have been on the deans list for Winter and Fall 2011 and love the education I have recieved. I think Ashford is a great school.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 22, 2012 (email verified)

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Run of the mill proprietary school My main issue with Ashford was the aggressiveness to which the degree program was sold to me and how the promised program then would change and there would be additional requirements not originally disclosed to me despite my asking over and over if I knew all I needed to know about what it would take to complete the degree program. My advisers changed routinely (not sure if there is a revolving door for employees or they changed regularly just for the sake of training) and that made me feel like things were inconsistent. The left hand did not know what the right hand was doing in my case. Different advisers gave me conflicting information and did not seem to have a handle on the proper or correct (or at least consistent) information. Another thing that students should know about an online degree program is that nobody TEACHES you anything. You learn on your own through reading and research and your instructor simply ASSESSES what you learned on your own. Some people do well with this type of education while others do not. Know what kind of learner you are before signing up. Finally, this school is a BUSINESS. They want to make money. That is their primary focus and priority. The admissions advisers get a COMMISSION on every student they get to enroll into a degree program. Just like a car salesman. This isn't exactly a state university or Ivy League school. Hopefully when I apply for a Master's Degree at my local State University they will acknowledge my Bachelor's Degree from Ashford.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on February 21, 2012 (email verified)

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MAOM I graduated from Ashford in January 2011, having completed a bachelor's program in August 2009 and then the master's in January 2011. While Ashford was not perfect in every area, for the most part my experience was a good one. I've read many of the reviews posted here and it is my opinion that some of the reviewers looked at Ashford as a simple way to get a degree, and were frustrated when they had to follow specific procedures and rules. My experience was that as long as I did the work to the best of my ability, handed it in on time, and kept up with the class, things went absolutely fine. Sure, there were occasional issues with the finance department, but with persistence and professional attitude, all were handled. The bottom line is that within an online university setting, the student is responsible for reading the information provided to you about the program, the financial obligations, and even the stipends. Ashford gives you options and you need to understand those options and act accordingly. I kept the same advisor throughout my entire time with Ashford; generally you are required to change when you move to a master's program, but I requested that I be allowed to keep the same one, and Ashford allowed it. He was excellent and very responsive. You, the student, are the consumer in this scenario and it is your resposibility to make sure things are handled and completely. If you expect other people to care about your education as much as you do, you will have issues. But if you stay on top of things, do your assignments, network with the teachers and students, you will leave Ashford with a degree that you EARNED.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 15, 2012

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Disgusting Excuse for Education I am APPALLED that AU has some how passed themselves off as an educational institution. What is the criteria for goodness sake?! The curriculum and format are truly A JOKE. It is self study. This is a CORPORATION not a UNIVERSITY. You pay for your title. I would feel like a fraud calling myself a professional after completing this sorry excuse for a Masters program. J_O_K_E.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 15, 2012 (email verified)

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Ashford is truly awesome and a very rewarding university I have been pursuing my Bachelors in Health care Administration for two years now and I have to say I really love attending Ashford. My instructors have been very knowledgeable about the courses that they teach. Most of them go above and beyond when there is something that we are having trouble understanding and they provide us with websites that we could use to perform further research on those subjects. I do not understand how anyone could call students that attend Ashford idiots that is just plain disrespectful and uncalled for. As for the comments that some people made about the advisors being incompetent that is not accurate. I have never had a problem with advisors or instructors messing up like the posting that I read on this site. The whole staff at Ashford that I have been blessed to be associated with are awesome. The people at Ashford are very caring. In my opinion, Ashford University is indeed a higher learning type of environment. There are no idiots there. My classmates are very intelligent and hard working. I would definitely recommend Ashford to others. I would suggest that as with any major event in a person's life, that he or she that decides to further their education do a large amount of researching concerning college degrees, that way the possibility of them achieving desired results would be likely to happen.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 6, 2012

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Great School I am a current graduate student at Ashford (Online studies) and I must say it has been a challenge. For the most part, my instructors are very educated and trained in the courses they teach. There have been some instructors who have pushed my level of learning to a higher degree of expectation. It is difficult for me to believe that some state they did not have to work hard to earn their degree. I consider myself to be a business professional and an excellent reader and writer and I had to study to earn my grades.The work was not easy. If you enroll at Ashford thinking it will be a breeze, you will be unpleasantly surprised. It is a good school but expect to be challenged and to work for your grades!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 1, 2012

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Don't waste your money or time at this school My advisors were changed ever few weeks without my knowledge. I constantly had trouble with the instructors failing to instruct or answer questions in a timely manner considering the classes are in a short time frame. All the troubles I had was not worth the oney I poored into this school. The advisors failed to advise and would give up on my problems when they were switched leaving me to startall over with the process of resolving problems. On two ocassins my grade was posted as passing and then on the final grade board it was suddenly changed to failing....computer erros or ashford staff errors??? who knows because the advisors gave me the run around both times and never resolved the problem. The books are expensive and hardley used in the class. The instructors are never available. The classes are repetative; it's like taking the same class over and over. For some reason religion is a huge topic in the school's discuusion boards. I am a psycology major; last time I checked Ashford was not a religouse based school. Over all the school is not organized and the staff does not care about their jobs nor do they care about the students. I am transfering asap!
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Jayrob1974 (In Progress) on January 29, 2012

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High quality instruction that is user-friendly I am on my 5th course with Ashford University and I have very few complaints. My courses are challenging and interesting and taught by qualified folks who know their stuff. Financial aid funding happens for me the way it is supposed to, though I have had to wait a few days for a reply to an email or voicemail from my FA advisor a couple of times. My new advisor takes an average of 2 days to get back to me, but I am sure I am sharing him with a zillion other students, so I understand. If you are a high maintenance type, or are just impatient by nature, this will not work for you. I will get into that and more later; for now I want to focus on the goods, which, in my opinion, are the academics. The texts so far have all been ebooks and of high quality. I like that we don't just cover selected chapters of a text in any given course, as was my experience in the 2 schools I attended prior to Ashford. Ashford texts are custom editions and the entire book is used in a course, and courses are only five weeks long. In addition, there are supplemental readings and multimedia resources that contribute to learning. The online learning platform is user-friendly, and so far I have had no technical issues with it. There have been a couple of site maintenance incidents that did not affect me at all though my instructor was alerted of the situation and gave us an extra day to turn in assignments with no point deductions. Oh, and speaking of time, we get a 2 week holiday break at the end of the year, and national holidays are observed in the sense that I have been given an extra day to turn in assignments during units containing a national holiday. Aside from that, the five week terms run one right after the other, though you can take a term off if you need to. I did once and there were no academic or financial consequences. I was never promised anything, and I knew that since I started classes before my financial aid was processed I would have to pay out of pocket for that first course if my financial aid situation didn't work out as planned/hoped. Asking questions always helps! My one beef with on-line colleges in general is that the enrollment crews operate under the presumption that every incoming student will get the aid that everyone hopes for. Still, and just like with every other area of life, you have to do your due diligence and make sure you understand what is going on. I do not like predatory enrollment practices anymore than anybody else, but I have been lucky in my own experiences in that regard. Still, until I leave this world, I will assume that I and I alone ultimately have my best interests at heart and act accordingly. As far as Ashford being investigated is concerned, let's not fool ourselves into thinking that this is the first incident of scandal in higher education. Ashford students will only gain from this, since it seems to me that Ashford will only up their game and deliver the goods better than ever to prove their worthiness. I consider myself to be more liberal than anything else, but I, in my old age, have come to the understanding that competition can serve an exalted purpose in the grand scheme of things. Like it or not, higher education is business, and the competition is only getting stiffer. This competition will, hopefully, continue to steer higher education in the direction of being uniformly high in quality and accessible to anyone who is capable of benefitting from it. Now that the sermon part of my review is complete, back to the actual review: I highly recommend Ashford to anybody serious about earning a degree online, but it should be understood that online does not mean that your computer will do the work for you. There are deadlines to meet same as in any traditional college, and there is nobody to hold your hand. The coursework is writing intensive, and plagiarism is not tolerated. A lot of ground is covered in five weeks, so you have to be disciplined and motivated to get the work done or risk falling behind, and that is easy to do if you are balancing other commitments such as full-time work, etc…I know, I know, I said the sermon was over. Hey, I just want to be as helpful as possible and drive home the importance of individual responsibility. As with anything else, you will get out of your education what you put into it, and it is my humble opinion that Ashford University is as good a place to do this as any. In the interest of truth, I will be sure to report on my experiences at Ashford, positive or negative, until I am handed my degree some time in 2013.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 28, 2012 (email verified)

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Self Education I believe that everyone chooses what they want to do in life. If you are ultimately going to complete your online degree, you more than likely know that you will not have significant interactions with the professors. This is where self dedication comes into play. The literature itself is a great teacher for its respective classes. Those individuals who give a negative review are probably those who learn from visual interactions. Overall, I graduated almost one year ago and everything I have learned I have applied in my life and future goals. I personally have a vision that requires me to not depend on others, but rather requires me to adhere to my own principals and my own values. Ashford University has done that for me by providing its online degree program. I am truly grateful for the program and what it has transformed me into. Overall, if you have the self motivation, will, and want to learn, then Ashford is for you. If you are not willing to read and learn from a non face-to-face environment, then turn back time to when you were 18 or 19 go back to a formal college and learn the traditional way as many individuals call it. Unfortunately, for those of us who have to provide for a family, maintain a full time job, and learn, Ashford University does a great job at that.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 26, 2012

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Current accounting student I have been a student at Ashford for over a year now, and have learned a lot. My academic and financial advisor contacts me at regular intervals, and my teachers have all been knowledgeable in their fields. I agree that sometimes there are students that do not seem to belong in the class, and am sure their grades reflect this, as in all schools. There is also an issue with Ashford specific books and materials that is a little irritating, but that is getting easier. Overall, I am happy with my educational experience, my financial aid process, and my degree progress. I think this is a great program for people who need to work, but also need an education.
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Kjack (In Progress) on January 24, 2012

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Challenging coursework I hear a lot of complaints but I must say I have been challenged. I am enrolled in the online Master Program at Ashford University. I consider myself a rigorous study student. I must say, there have been days when I have been studying and researching all day and part of the night. My GPA is a 4.0 and it has not come easy. Online studies require discipline. If you are not a motivated disciplined person, online courses at Ashford is not for you. Overall, my experiences at AU have been great.
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Jawend2765 (In Progress) on January 12, 2012 (email verified)

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No Education Required or Obtained Like many of the comments here, this institution needs a solid review by the Board of Colleges. My first 3 social sciences classes were organized and resourced at about a 5th grade level. If you're hunting for a degree certificate and don't require an education, this is your school; and at around $250 per credit hour you're surely paying dearly for the certificate. A year after my disenrollment, a mysterious $350 fee appeared that prevented me from obtaining transcripts, so apparently they intend to keep soaking you even after you've stopped attending. Watch out for Ashford University.
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Robertavila (In Progress) on January 11, 2012 (email verified)

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Changed the way I do business Materials: The textbooks were almost all excellent. The text for international law (well, the ipad version, anyway) was difficult to read. The Strategy course book was also a let down. Everything in it had been discussed in other books. However, I kept several of my text books; they are great resources: accounting, marketing, HRM, international finance, and logistics text books are all keepers. Teachers: Every teacher I had added a lot. In a traditional class, the prof speaks, and a few people ask questions. Others visit office hours in private, and get special training and learning. In an online course, you say what you have learned, and the prof comments on your "teaching". You can read the professor's conversations with all the other students. Institution: The overall experience, in my personal experience, completely missed the things others' seem to complain about regarding online programs. In the two years I was there, finishing a B.A. (I finish 3 weeks after this review), I saw continuous improvement. The platform of interaction is easier and easier to use, and that frees up time to do all the reading! Support: Professors respond usually within 48 hours. Administrative people, though, typically respond very quickly, within 12 hours. Value: I gave the lowest score here. The entire program is online. I don't see why it should cost more than some traditional campus programs. However, from what I see of this program, I expect the respect of an Ashford degree to increase in perceived value. The business model appears excellent; it seems they have aggressive talent, and the evidence of lean management is ample. Use of Technology: A lot of the improvement is in the tech. Students can access everything a student typically wants to see: current gpa (there is even a gpa predictor tool to calculate your theoretical gpa if you earn the grades you predict for your remaining courses). On the main desktop are the names, phone numbers, and emails of every person involved in your process.
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Edukated_barbarian (Graduate) on January 9, 2012 (email verified)

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BEWARE!! Go somewhere else for your advanced degree If you are thinking about getting a Project Management M.B.A. from Ashford University then STOP NOW! and go somewhere else. Ashford University FAILS to review the Project Management Body of Knowledge, which is REQUIRED for both the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) AND the Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications. Ashford's Project Management Specialization is not really an M.B.A. either since they do not discuss business plans. Be warned, don't waste your time or money with Ashford University.
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Drewthedude (In Progress) on January 2, 2012 (email verified)

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Political Science - Good Experience So Far. I am almost finished with the curriculum for the BA in Political Science and Government. Overall, I have enjoyed my experience with Ashford, and learned quite a bit. My academic adviser has been readily available throughout my studies, and most of my instructors gave good feedback. The coursework is challenging, and out of two other online schools I've attended, is the most difficult. The courses are accelerated, but each week you are required to compose two detailed discussions, complete a quiz, and most weeks require a research paper. Each course concludes with a comprehensive research paper that is at least six to eight pages long. In short, if you are willing to put work into your research, you will learn alot from the program. I've read alot of complaints about Ashford's financial services, but being in the Military, I've had no problem whatsoever. I simply tell my adviser which course I want to take next, he schedules the course, then I enroll through the Army's education portal. So far no issues. As far as the institution itself, I am a bit concerned about the future of Ashford's reputation. I know they underwent quite a bit of scrutiny and auditing for recruiting practices etc.., but I believe they are cleaning up these practices. They are regionally accredited, and I read that they are seeking accreditation from the Middle States Association, in addition to the (current) accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. I have a friend who completed her BA through Ashford and was accepted into Boston University's graduate school - BU is a very well respected school. Furthermore, after completing my degree through Ashford, I plan to apply to Penn State's grad school. AU can be a great stepping stone to grad school, but I unless you couple your degree with solid life experience, I wouldn't put all your trust in the school's reputation for your future employment. Signs of the times seem to indicate that the institution is really gearing up to be a top provider of online education - I'm just hoping they don't become so big they get lumped in with schools like University of Phoenix. So, overall I've enjoyed my experience. I've learned a ton, the support has been good. For what it's worth, I have no ties with the school - no ulterior motives for posting a good review, I just wanted to post my experience since it's been a good one. The University is "for-profit" so of course they're main goal IS to make money - it IS after all, a business. However, as long as they retain regional accreditation, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. I for one, enjoy the quick service, which caters to me as the customer, and serves my needs.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 19, 2011 (email verified)

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Harassed I requested information from Ashford University and was harassed for almost a month by an 'advisor.' He was unprofessional and had a bad attitude. When I asked him questions, he would lie or give me a sarcastic reponse. I asked him if the school was for profit and he said no. A quick google search confirmed that it was. I informed him that I was not interested in attending a proprietary school. He continued to call me multiple times every day at odd hours. One time, he called me at 1am! I told him never to call me when I was at work and I gave him my work hours. Guess what he did? He called me at work every single day. He would not leave me alone until I threatened to file a police report for harassment.
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Marshaashe (In Progress) on December 4, 2011 (email verified)

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Happy so far.............. I have been attending Ashford for almost a year now, finishing my BA in Accounting. So far I have been happy. You may have to contact FA a few times if there is a glitch, but if you are persistent, it gets taken care of. The academic advisers call about once a month to check on you AND they always have returned my calls. The coursework can be challenging as you advance, well at least in accounting. The couple of beginning classes you take can seem a bit simple, and you must pass those with a C or better to stay in, but if you can not pass these classes with a C or better, maybe you should rethink your goal of attending college. I transferred out of another online college which was a freaking nightmare and wish I would have went here first. Everything is spelled out for you when you begin, IF YOU READ THE PAPERWORK THEY SEND YOU! Financial aid is somewhat your responsibility, but if you eligible, you will get what your ELIGIBLE for here, well at least I did. The professors will NOT hold your hand and spoon feed you, but if you complete the work assigned and put effort into it, you will be successful. I am looking forward to graduating, and actually considering them for a masters if I choose to continue, though it would be a MBA, and I would rather have a masters in accounting. If your a busy person, or have some other issues that make attending college difficult, this is a great place to go.
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Jerryjoescott (In Progress) on November 23, 2011

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Ashford University This institute should be shut down. I can't believe I wasted my time with that first class. I had already taken a psychology class and because of their lack of confidence I took the same class with a different title. Never even read a page of any of the chapters. Had my 15 year old son do my work for 2 weeks.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on November 19, 2011 (email verified)

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Been a student at Ashford University since 2007, Currently in thier MBA program I have been with Ashford since 2007, I have attained my AS and my BA. I have read all reviews and have to say that Ashford is not a diploma mill, when I slacked off in class my grades suffered and when I worked hard, they were great. My employer (Top employer in its industry), recognizes my degree and has seen the knowledge I have attained through Ashford University. Some people are quick to give bad reviews when they went through a bad experience and sometimes exaggerate the situation, so try and look at the majority of ratings not just the few whom give bad reviews. No school is perfect and they are accredited or financial aid and the military will not pay for the students education.
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Jamccoyjr (In Progress) on November 18, 2011 (email verified)

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International Business I am completing my BA in International Business, after transferring from University of Phoenix Accounting. This program is very challenging and rewarding. I was able to turn some of my final projects in to actual business ventures. I am used to being an A student. I ended up getting some Bs in this program of International Business, Management, Accounting, Economics and other courses. There is no slack. On-line was not an "easy way" to a degree. The tuition is lower than a lot and the quality is among the best. I already decided to stay here for my MBA in Business Economics
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 10, 2011

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I recently graduate and had a wonderful experience I graduated this May with a BA in Psychology. I really loved how the program was set up. The class are challenging and the teachers provided feed back when need. Like any other college there are always a few teachers and courses that are more difficult. I thought student loans covered a goood portion. The only time I ran into difficult was after graduation they can keep your money for up to 3 months to make sure all expense are covered, but then I did get a check. I did have to pay for books out of pocket, but that too is true with most colleges or university. I had a one of the very best English teachers, the resourse are excellent! My very first class was awful, I called my advisor right away with in the first week, changed the teacher and really worked with me to get settled in and comfortable. Its very important to read and print out a copy of your course requirements.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on November 8, 2011 (email verified)

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Horrible school The school is nothing but a business trying to make money. At first they seem helpful, but as soon as they get you in, they only try to line your pockets. I had 41 transferable credits and it taked a couple weeks once you are in to post. They only gave me 5 of these credits, I had only enrolled in the school to complete my AA, but at that rate I am starting over again. They made me take the introductory class I had previously taken through CTU, which is a much better school. After I had realized they were only going to give me 5 credits, I decided to drop the class and go somewhere else, I was only in the second week. They told me I would have to pay $350 to drop out of the $750 for the simple introductory class. I decided to continue the class since I was on tuition assistance and was basically going to the school for free. I would have had to pay the $350 out of pocket or pass the class and have TA pay the entire amount. So I had decided to continue. On the third week I had completed all of my assignments early (thursday) I did not need to turn in another assignment untill the following thursday. I had logged in monday after turning in the assignments on the previous thrusday to review what I need to turn in on thursday on the fourth week. When I went to turn in my week four assignments that Thursday, I had been locked out of my class for not logging in for a seven day period. Which I had, just did not complete any work for the simple fact that I didnt need to. I contacted the faculty and had to write an appeal to be let back in to my class. I was not let back in until the following Tuesday of week 5 and now behind a weeks worth of work. I had asked my teacher for an extension, which she had approved. When I went to turn in the assignments, I was told I was too late and the final grades had been submitted, which resulted in me failing. The school is horrible, they will bombard you with emails and phone calls for no real reason. Save your money and go somewhere else. I cannot begin to describe how many glitches their system has and how many times I submitted work only to get a system error which resulted in me writing the assignment over again. Nothing on their system is completely functional, regardless if your computer is fully updated etc.
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Cevans73 (In Progress) on November 8, 2011 (email verified)

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Great Experience Finishing up my Master in Public Administration in a few weeks. I've had a great experience. Like any online program, you have to be self-motivated and HONEST. If you do your own work and study hard, you will get a lot out of it. You'll also become a much better writer. I had about 15 hours of homework a week on average. It's a lot of work! Great setup and great program!
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Lo_hampton (In Progress) on November 8, 2011 (email verified)

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Academic Advising I have been a student at Ashford since August 2010. I was excited to be returning to school and they made it all so easy; I have wondered and wondered since that day in the back of my mind, why it was so easy to enroll with in mind, "if something is too good to be true..it always is". I initally enrolled to complete my AA in Business and was very happy with AU when they transferred nearly all my all previous earned units towards my AA. At the end of 2010, because of all of the benefits of attending online, I started to feel that I could take my education further and contacted my Academic Advisor to enroll into their Bachelor Degree Program. She happily informed me that she could transition me into this program, and she very well did. Over the months, I randomly check my Degree Progress to review all that I have completed and what lies ahead. 15 months later I see that I am 7 units away from completing my GE and going into my major coursework and would have completed 69 units at this point. I checked the unit requirements for an AA degree at AU and it is 69 units. However 15 months into the program my academic advisor contacted me to find out how things were going and I happily inform her that I am close to receiving my AA. She informs that I am in a BA degree program and will not receive an AA Degree and if she would like to enroll me into that program she could do that for me??? What would be the point and doesn't AU think that this would be an important policy to make clear to their students????!! Before this, I had considered enrolling into their Masters of Education program but am now shopping for another online degree university. Loretta Hampton
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Anonymous (Graduate) on November 4, 2011 (email verified)

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Decent MBA education for a decent price I am a recent graduate of the MBA program at Ashford. Some courses were rigorous and others came a little easier.. for me because I had experience. I recommend the MBA from Ashford if you are a working professional who is looking to get ahead in your career and need to complete an MBA program. The coursework may come easy to those with experience in the field. It is not an easy A for those without experience. I would not recommend the program for someone without experience or undergrad coursework in business administration. This is a program that requires self-discipline and the work is done on your own. There are no team assignments for one to ride on someone else's coattails. Some of the students in my classes were less than stellar with their postings. I do not believe they are getting A's. In fact, when I attended my graduation ceremony, many students discussed GPA's and I was actually shocked at how few had a 4.0. Most had between 3.0 and 3.2. I never had any problems with contacting someone at Ashford and getting a timely response. They are always quite willing to help out the students and answer any questions. I have had some really great instructors for about 70% of my courses. I believe they are good because they continue to work in the field. This contributes to current and relevant knowledge. Most have been quite active in the discussion boards and provide excellent feedback. If you cannot write - DO NOT enter this or any other online program. If English is not your first language, you may also experience difficulty. Everything is graded based on your ability to write, therefore, communicate your ideas effectively. Good luck in the program you choose.
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Bonebill84 (Graduate) on November 4, 2011 (email verified)

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A Good Program Overall, Ashford University was a positive experience. The education was sound with substance. I appreciated the interaction I had with the staff (from my counselor to Financial Aid). Everyone was supportive and worked hard to give me a sense of support. The value overall is good and the advancement and technology is first class. Ashford University is a good school.
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Hlsmith1972 (In Progress) on October 22, 2011 (email verified)

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Ashford University Online - Absolutely I have been attending Ashford University Online since May 2011, and I have to say, it has been a great experience for me. I am n ot sure why some of these individuals are having so many issues with this university, but I have had no such problems. In fact, in the past few weeks, I was having medical issues that kept me from participating in my recent course. My academic advisor was very helpful and gave me the option to start the class over next week, or continue my absence. I opted to start the class over next week. I was only in the class for 1 week previously and was reimbursed for the course and the money was applied the the next course. The work is not easy, and it isn't going to be. If you are doing an online course you arew going to have a tremendous amount of reading and writing to do because you are not in an regualr classroom. I had problems in high scool and dropped out when I was 16. I got my ged at 21, and enrolled in a regular classroom based college. I had to quit after only one semester due to a disability. It is not 12 years later, and Ashford accepted my credits from my previous college experience. I have only had issues with one instructor out of 6, and the instructors have gotten back to me with answers to my questions very quickly. As far as plagiarism, I make sure I do what I am supposed to do and do it right. I do not pay attemtion to the other students because they are not my responsibility. I am averaging a 4.0 GPA and A's in every class. This is coming from a student who didn't think she would make it at all. I am retaining a tremendous amount of information and learning so very much. I am having a great time meating new people and getting to know interesting instructors. Yes, I am nervous about getting a reputable jobn once I graduate, but I feel that would be the case with any person who has been out of the job market for over 10 years. I am a stay at home mom of 4 kids, a daughter-in-law, and a grandchild who I love caring for, taking care of my home and going to college online full time. I am having a wonderful experience and I would recomend Ashford University Online to anyone I meet. Good luck to everyone!
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Grant.lightfoot (Graduate) on October 22, 2011 (email verified)

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Where's The Critical Thought and Personal Accountability? Ashford is a great school. I love the fact that they are (Bridgeport) is attached to a physical structure of higher education in Clinton, Iowa. I understand that this is kind of a marketing thing, wherein you don't feel like a UOP, Devry or insert the name of any other 100% online school. I like the history that they acquired, the fact that they are a total package with on-campus students, sports, etc. This is a savvy for-profit outfit. I'm glad that there are still people out there, like those at Bridgeport, that take advantage of what our mixed-market and free economy has to offer. There's nothing wrong with making money in this country, unless you're occupying Wall Street right now. But I digress. My experience has been nothing less than 100% positive. It takes a lot of self-discipline and time management to go to this school. It takes a lot of dedication and commitment to get the grades you want. For working professionals that want to earn degrees, this is a great place to go. I moved up to executive management prior to even completing my BA. I have learned so much and it shows in all areas, especially in written communication, which in this world is vital. I plan on obtaining my MA from Ashford and then attending North Central University or University of the Rockies for my PhD. No matter what anyone is saying on this comment thread, you can't go wrong by going to college here. It works for those that work and want to work for what they get.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 21, 2011 (email verified)

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Look Before You Leap I am currently a student at Ashford University and the academics are excellent, but the financial services department is a disaster. I am seriously considering transferring based upon the ineptitude of the people in financial services alone. Trying to get a definitive answer from them is the equivalent of a modern day keystone cops skit being played out through phone tag. The instructors are great, but every class is a weekly parade of APA formatted papers, and you may have to write a paper every week in some classes. Ashford is great starting out, but I would seriously consider other online schools first.
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Fortifiedaccess (In Progress) on October 15, 2011 (email verified)

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ASHFORD DOES THE JOB Pursuing and reaping the rewards of any educational endeavor is directly proportional to the effort that is put into the process. Attending Ashford University and working on my degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management has delivered several skills to my repertoire that I would not otherwise possess. Ashford is the perfect educational medium for hard working people or parents that cant find the time to make it to a classroom.
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Dixon6551 (Graduate) on October 12, 2011 (email verified)

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Completed AU now in Graduate School I graduated from AU in 2010. I was very skeptical about enrolling in online school. This University was very helpful in getting me ready for school. I lost about 50 credits with the transfer, however it was all worth it, I was a little rusty with completing assignments. AU is a great University if you are ready to get the job done. I had 3 professors that gave me the blues but I made it through with a 3.5 GPA and I worked to earn that degree. I would recommend AU to any adult that is working fulltime. I am now enrolled in graduate school and doing very well. I learned skills to assist me continue my educational goals. AU was a good choice for me. My GPA in Graduate School is higher than in undergraduate, Thank You AU for preparing to succeed.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 9, 2011 (email verified)

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plagiarism not enforced I know one student who i reported almost two weeks ago for plagiarism. I sent them links to every discussion in two classes and concrete proof she plagiarized. Including links to the websites she copied from. She did it in about 8-10 discussions in two classes. I have a third class with her and she is doing it again. In fact she did it two weeks in a row. My friend reported her again this week. I am thinking about a class action lawsuit for discrimination and failure to uphold their end of the agreement. They are not offering a quality education or upholding the standards they propose in writing.
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Joannab (In Progress) on October 8, 2011 (email verified)

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Excellent School! I have been attending AU's online program for over a year, and have been very pleased with the advisers, instructors and materials.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on October 7, 2011 (email verified)

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Easy A If you want an easy degree, this is the place to get it. I completed my MBA at Ashford University with a 4.0. I barely had to work to get A's in all of my classes. If you just turn in your work, you're pretty much guaranteed an A. There were students that copied my discussions word for word without any repercussions. I informed the teacher of these students, but the teacher didn't do anything about it. When the University says that Plagiarism will give you an automatic F, they lie. It irritated me that people could just copy my work and receive the same grade as I did. Some teachers were better than others. Some teachers actually responded to questions and others never responded when you sent them an e-mail. I wouldn't say that Ashford gives you a quality education, but if you just want the title of a Master's degree to earn more money at work, then Ashford is an easy place to get it.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 5, 2011

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Still learning I guess they might have been working to improve in their customer service and financial aid department because I have had a smooth sailing experience in that department. It is important to put in good effort because financial aid will not cover any letter grade lower than a C- and that is a pretty penny. Take classes seriously and you will de fine ;)
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Eldridge6576 (In Progress) on October 3, 2011 (email verified)

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Poor Service and Dishonest Dealings I had a horrible experience with this university and do not want the same thing that happened to me to happen to someone else. I started with AU because they bragged about being a military friendly school and stated their pride in working with military families. In the beginning they will go out of their way to get you enrolled and then the support and friendliness stop there. I took several classes and then took a few weeks off due to an uncontrollable health issue. My adviser stated that it was no big deal that I would be placed in the dropped status and after the few weeks she would change my status and everything would go back to normal. That was in May and I have not heard from her since. She has not returned any of the countless emails or phone calls I have left for her since May. Last week I recieved an email from someone with AU's collection department stating that I owed $900.00 and it had to be paid within 15 days. This was the first correspondance I have had with ANYONE from AU. Apparently, they have some shady billing practices and the GI Bill that my adviser assured me would not be affected had to be refunded and now they are coming after me for the money. No letter in the mail, no phone call to clear up the confusion, just a hateful email from some jerk hired to do their bidding. Please do yourself and favor and do not enroll here. I have several friends and family that are students and none of them have anything good to say about this university. It is extremely overpriced, they are great until your enrolled and then they will never return your calls. They say they are military friendly, but they are not looking out for our military. I plan to tell everyone I know and spread the word about the shady practices they exhibit, to any military family, spouse, or soldier. They are not looking out for military families and they do not care about you.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 30, 2011

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Financial Aid Issue I am using the semi-new post 9/11 GI Bill in tandem with grants and student loans. I am a new student to Ashford but transferring in with a fairly substantial amount of credits from previous schools and filling in electives with my SMART transcript (military). I have read a numerous amount of complaints regarding grants and loans. If you are a new student I would suggest you begin by reading what you are signing. Ashford will absolutely try and sneak a form in on you which authorizes them to basically control your stipend. You do not have to sign this and you can change it at any time if you did sign it. They will happily give you reasons why they choose to try and control the delivery of stipends all of which make sense. Students who fail the courses, withdraw to late, drop, do not meet attendance requirements, you name it the ways to generate financial aid issues are numerous and can apply anywhere it is not exclusive to Ashford. All of that being said what they will do if you sign off on it is wait 7 full academic weeks after your award letter is approved to disburse %30 of the stipend to you. They do this to control the aid money should you default for any reason. They wait another long period of time to disburse the rest of it. If you are like me (and I am sure most people are) you do not want it done this way. You want it all, every penny of the balance, to you and into your account as soon as possible. So, to start do not sign that form and if you do pick up your phone and call them being sure to fill out the revocation form changing your status. What this will do is bring you back into a more traditional state of affairs. Specifically, once you have received your award letter Ashford is responsible to disburse stipends within 14 days. All of the balance, directly to you, in whichever way you opted for. Ashford online verifies attendance and while it is very easy to maintain your attendance simply by logging in and completing your assignments ON TIME it could be just as easy to fail to do the opposite and land yourself in scenerio where you are creating the potential to almost ensure a headache. Whether or not it affects your disbursement is not clear to me because I do not have this issue. Just know that Ashford does regulate attendance but that its certainly nothing to concern yourself with if you are even a semi-responsible human being and able to meet obligations ON TIME within a perfectly reasonable arena. I have a wife and three kids and I am not finding Ashford a difficult environment. Its like many online programs. If you do not log in, if you do not complete assignments on time, prepare to deal with academic and financial complications you would rather not be dealing with. If I do not receive my stipend within 14 days of receiving my award letter I will absolutely come back and post to that affect. However, reading through some of the posts, while some had nothing to do with it others were clearly unaware they had ever signed a form allowing Ashford to handle thier stipend however they wished. And then when months had gone by before discovering it only by being disgusted at receiving an amount %70 lower than the expectation becoming all sorts of upset over it. New students using financial aid....read what you are signing. If you already signed it just call them, fill out the form they ask you to fill out, and get a %100 of balance stipend versus a plus additional 7 week waiting period %30. A lot of the above complaints would have never of occured otherwise. Not all of them, I've read them, but enough to justify posting this to try and help people like me who are new students and wondering what all the fuss is about.
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Mcneill41 (In Progress) on September 30, 2011 (email verified)

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earning a degree at this school and actually getting a job I have been with ashford for about five months now i have to say so far i have not ran into any of these issues and I'm currently a soldier so the military pays for my courses. My question to everyone on here is have anyone graduted with a BA in healthcare administration and if so was it hard actually finding a job with your degree from ashford because i'm getting out the military next year and my plans are to go into the healthcare field.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 29, 2011

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ashford blues I am currently enrolled at ashford and everything was great until i signed up for classes. Everyone was helpful now i can hardly get an email answered. I won't even begin to talk about the financial aide dept. complete joke. I really do think that they over charge you and hold your money til it suites them. After reading other reviews I'm really afraid that i have chosen the wrong school and none of my classes are gonna transfered to an actual accreditted university. They never tell you anything about this before you start. I actually like going to school online and at ashford, but the respect they have for their students leaves a lot to be desired. I influenced two other friends to attend classes here and they both have quit. I would not recommend this university to anyone who is seeking to futher their education on line.
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J623 (Graduate) on September 27, 2011 (email verified)

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Progressive Improvement I am a proud, recent MBA graduate of Ashford University. I had an instructor or two that I felt could have exerted more effort and things did not always go perfect. The other eleven or twelve instructors were outstanding. I put an effort into my reading, my discussion answers, and my papers that gave me maximum value for my future. The program will develop your writing skills to the point you feel you could write a corporation’s policies and procedures handbook. The program’s design allows a student to become comfortable with the online environment and progressively becomes more challenging. I know the accounting, economics, finance, and operations management classes are thought-provoking and sometimes perplexing. In life there are many kinds of people, including solution finders and complainers. I am a solution finder. I had questions pertaining to financial aid and questions about taking two classes at once. It may have taken a few days to get the answers or work out the details, but because I did not wait until the last minute and I was patient, the very capable administration at Ashford University provided the needed outcome. I am now enrolled in a PhD program at Ashford’s sister school the University of the Rockies.
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Cyrilla30 (In Progress) on September 23, 2011 (email verified)

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Poor service I am currently still attending AU and look to complete in a few months. First off, I have had bad experiences from the time I started. I had a very aggressive enrollment person who called me every day. I finally enrolled and he scheduled me 2 months prior to the date he told me. After enrolled I could never reach him. Second, after this situation was fixed everything seemed ok with classes and teachers. Some teachers are professional other are not. Another issue I have is their lack of professionalism from academic advisors, financial aid and registar. These people do not like to return any phone calls or emails. I found myself having to call out of my busy day to make sure I'm scheduled, my financial aid is right etc... It was so frustrating. When you complain they all seem to stick together and back each other up. This school are totally unethical.
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Mike (In Progress) on September 11, 2011 (email verified)

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Good program Classes are interesting and practical. Most instructors display knowledge and participate with interactive discussions. Reading some of my fellow students discussion boards, I question how they have made it into an MBA program. If you want to learn...you can learn in any program as long as the materials and instructions are provided to you...Ashford University does provide a good avenue to learn. For a "for profit" institution, Ashford does a good job.
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Justendurr (Graduate) on September 6, 2011 (email verified)

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100% theory/ writing based e-school It took two years but I got my degree from Ashford. I transferred in the max 99 credits from USF. It was a fast pace degree program. Most of the learning is self-directed,which is not a bad thing. Yes you can almost sleep through parts of the program and pass by the skins of your teeth. To really take advantage of this program you have to want to learn. I keep hearing the saying, "you get what you put into it", and it is really true. Expect to spend a lot more time sitting in front of a computer than if you were in a classroom. If you love to write then USE THIS PROGRAM! You will do well. If you 100% hate writing then avoid this school because every assignment is 6-8 pages long and at the end of every class you produce a 12-15 page research paper. I wish I would have known that because writing was not my forte. I started out as a very bad writer, but through some amazing professors I was able to improve, dramatically so! Over-all, good school in my book. Just don't let the administration get you down. Would I go there again, Yes, but I would pay more attention to my finances and communicate with my advisers every 2.5 weeks.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 6, 2011

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Mixed It is like any school in that you get what you put into it. If you don't put the work in then you won't excel. There are some students, especially in beginning classes, that are barely literate. These students usually drop out after a while and you don't see them in the more advanced classes. Some teachers are very interactive and grade well and others seem not to take part and are just there for the check. Unfortunately if a teacher grades you poorly and you disagree, you have no real leverage. There is no one to really turn to about a teacher that doesn't monitor the discussions properly or grades papers late, or doesn't give you the points you deserve per the rubic. Ashford has also recently taken to have course books available to the class and charging students $85 whether they already own a book for the class or not. Another way for them to get even more of your student loan money. In a household that has two Ashford students that usually share books these fees really add up. It is especially ridiculous since the books seem to be far smaller than traditional books at about 5 chapters! Over all I feel that I have gotten a lot out of my college experience from Ashford but have become disgusted with their constant increase in costs. I personally will probably transfer to an instate school. But for those who work full time and want a degree I would absolutely point them in Ashford's direction.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 5, 2011 (email verified)

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I worked for me... I am a current student at Ashford. It has been a relatively good experience for me. I don't know if there is another format I could have functioned as well within as a single father working full-time. I have had some bad professors, but most of them have been effective and supportive. I agree with some of the other reviews in that I question the caliber of some of our student peers. I graduate next month and I have come to the conclusion that many professional organizations will question the value of my education at Ashford. I fear that the value of my degree will not stand on its own. Therefore, I feel that I must get a Masters from an alternate school in order to legitimize my degree from Ashford. I think the best feedback I can give is that you will get what you want out of it.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on August 31, 2011 (email verified)

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If you are not trying to make money off assistance All of the bad reviews I read are about why a person couldn't get "their" money. More people looking for a hand out and free money. You will learn one day that nothing in life is free. If you apply yourself and try, you will do fine. If you are looking for a "get-over" you may want to go somewhere else. Don't give the school a bad name just just because they don't send you your "assistance" check. GO to the president if you want something for free (our tax dollars). Go to Ashford if you want an education.
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Tony.wood (In Progress) on August 27, 2011 (email verified)

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You get out of it what you put into it I received my BA from Ashford last year and I am half way through my MA. I have recommended Ashford to approximately 20 coworkers. Only one of them did not like the online environment. There are two of them in the associates program, three of them are 4 classes away from their masters and the rest are working on their bachelor’s degree. I stay in touch with all of them because I recommended Ashford to them. The only thing I have had them complain about is some of the advisors. A lot of the bad reviews posted are from students that have had a bad experience with financial aid. I will admit I know nothing about that because my employer pays 100% of the costs for all of us. From my experience it is the most flexible schedule available. I love that they have no group projects and I do not have a specific time to be online. If you are not a discipline person it is not for you. Do not expect to have your instructor teach you. They are more of a facilitator for the class. The school has worked out so well that I have convinced my employer to sign an agreement with them for a partnership.
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Meredith.tammy (Graduate) on August 21, 2011 (email verified)

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DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL This is a school that will take your money, will not use all the financail aid available to you, tell you that you are out of funding and make you pay at the last minute before its time to graduate! I graduated in 2008 and had to pay $5,398.00 out of my own pocket plus the graduation fee in order to graduate. Needless to say, I looked into my funding and I still have (to this day) over $3,000 of funding available. As an even bigger mistake, I started my masters there and now owe them for two classes I dropped and I can not even get the BA transcripts I PAID FOR! What kid of school lies about finanacial aid and makes you pay at the last minute? My spouse also went to this school big mistake, he did not receive any financial aid for 4 months so he had to quit and leave his classes. No help. This school is a total scam and is not worth a dime. Use your available financial aid for a school that is legal and does things right. There are hundreds of schools out there that will not screw you over. Read the reviews, there are plenty of them that will tell you the same, I just didnt' realize that there were others in the same situation. We need a lawyer to settle this!
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Ochertkoev (In Progress) on August 20, 2011 (email verified)

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MBA I am working on my MBA. Classes are very challanging especially accounting, finance, and economics. I am learning real life needed educational experience in order to do the job. I will recommend this school only and only to those students who actually want to learn because in many traditional schools, degrees are easy to obtain since most students are doing a group homework and cheat all the time. Trust me on this. I graduated from traditional school and have seen student doing it but me. That's is why I have chosen Ashford. Live to learn and not learn to live.
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(In Progress) on August 20, 2011

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Is there really a law that won't let me take a 30 day break? I was told today by my student advisor that the California Department of Education requires I sign a form if I am NOT IN A CLASS for more than 30 days. "Just fill out the form" I am told. No mention of a penalty, just fill it out, a suddle threat of something larger which is not explained. Really, the State of California requires I do that? Funny, I never had to do that at Folsom Lake or U.C Davis and I took classes there intermittently. Too much pressure for their financial benefit. I want to take 5 weeks off not 4. Are you going to put me in jail?
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Cmdouglas1017 (In Progress) on August 15, 2011 (email verified)

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Current Accounting Student I also have not had any of the issues that I seem to be reading a lot of. My advisor & financial aid person are the same, and she is very professional and accessible. The professors are very good; all of mine have been quick to answer questions and offer feedback. My only complaint is the majority of my classmates are not at a college level. I am in 300 level classes, and 3/4 of the students are using terrible grammar, lack organization in their thoughts, and are just generally bad. It is really hindering my learning, because I have a difficult time trying to respond to posts that are completely off topic and have no real content. I love the setup that Ashford has. They have given me the opportunity to complete my education, and I really thought that I had missed my opportunity. I just wish that there were a little bit more discrepancy in accepting students. Some of these people need more help than a professor in an online setting can truthfully give.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 12, 2011 (email verified)

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Do your research on the school I am a former student of Ashford University, just having left the school in May 2011 to transfer into Bellevue, University. I will neither say that the school is outstanding or horrible, but this school does have its issues. The reasoning behind my leaving the school was because of the lack of professionalism on the staff's part as a whole, to include the degree auditing department, business office, and the financial aid department. The auditing department continuously lost my transcripts and then gave me credit that belonged to someone else. The business office as well kept loosing my documents and I had to resend documents to them. Now the financial aid department is a whole different story. Now being that I am in military, TA pays for part of my tuition up to $4500.00 and my GI Bill pays for the portion TA doesn't cover, so there is never a lapse in payment for my classes. My classes are always paid for approximately two weeks after my grade has been sent out by Ashford University, and I have always maintained a zero balance, I checked this daily. However, I got a bill from Ashford University for $1050.00 and they couldn't explain how this happened and said it had to be paid. I paid the bill, but this is also the straw that broke camels back, and is when I decided to transfer to Bellevue, University which is a more reputable school, that is private and non-profit. In closing, I would advise everyone not to just use these post as your sole deciding factor on whether a school is good or bad, but research the college navigator web-site I have listed below, to get informaiton on perspective colleges before making a decision to attend a particular school. This web-site will give you a wealth of information, about student default rates, graduation and retention rates, accreditation status and many other things. http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
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Aubreybreezy13 (In Progress) on August 10, 2011 (email verified)

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Best thing to happen to me I'm a recent highschool graduate from sterling illinois, and finding a good art college was a very hard thing for me to find. All of the colleges i was looking into were $40,000 or more. I come from a family in which they couldn't pay for my tuition so everything was on me. I had heard of ashford from my boyfriends sister, since she is attending there, and i decided to look into it. This is the best choice i have made, alot of people are skeptical of how ashford works and alot say it's a bad school. I have gotten so much from this school, it's unbelievable! Because of my GPA i got a scholarship for it, this made me feel like my hard work paid off. I got a scholarship for my room and board, i don't have to worry about food at all! My counselors helped me out every step of the way and my financial aid counselor was always eager to answer any question my mom and I had; she did alot of extra research too to make sure I had a financial aid package that fitted me. They even sent me a letter to notify me on my entire financial aid. my total of scholarships for my whole 4 years is 88,000 dollers! I'm already so far ahead of many people going to other colleges, they only get 10,000 or less from a college for all of the 4 years. I won't want to pay off so much as many college students do! Visiting the college, there is so much diversity in there. Even though it's small, we have so many different faces attending our school. People from florida, california, even swizterland, vietnam! The people I have met so far are amazing and open. If you could attend Ashford as a student living there, I would recomend it, they have so much for you to do and their technology is very advanced! I'm excited to start as a freshman there, and alot of my friends are very jealous of all the money i'm saving going there.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 4, 2011 (email verified)

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Ashford University-Quality So far, Ashford's been a great college. Everyone in the office is quick to help. The advisers always answer my questions quickly as does the financial aid department. I love that I can access a lot of the student porthole from my iPhone. I wish that the education degree was/had a clearer path to teaching. I will need to get credentialed elsewhere afterwords and that's a bummer! But, the school is good. All of my credits were transferable meaning none of my valuable time or money was wasted. The classes are solid-no less involved or advanced than the last two "brick and mortar" schools I attended. (My husband is in the military... thus the school changes and decision to go online.) Anyone who thinks online school is a free ticket to a degree is wrong! And that's a good thing! I spend a lot of time on my assignments. It's a real commitment... as it should be. Ashford is a quality school.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 3, 2011 (email verified)

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I love Ashford University! Before attending Ashford University I have attended online universities. I have read some of the posts and couldn't believe it was the same university I attended. I believe like with any other university whether it is public, private, for-profit , or non-profit the are in the business to make positive residual. The student portal was easy to navigate through, the professors responded to my questions in a timely fashion, my stucent advisors called me back within a 24 hour timeframe. The only department I was not too impress with was the financial aid department (some of the individuals did not seem too knowledgeable). If you are looking for a perfect college with no flaws GOOD LUCK! I enjoyed my learning experience there and might consider completing a Master's degree with Ashford.
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Glassribbon (In Progress) on August 1, 2011 (email verified)

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Choose Any Program EXCEPT Ashford-Extremely Poor Service. I enrolled in Ashford University about two years ago, and at the time, the program seemed to suit my needs. It was online, which was convenient because I had a strange work schedule, and I enjoyed the first two classes I had. The instructors at Ashford are actually quite good, and while the textbooks are overpriced and rarely used (I got A's in several classes that I didn't even purchase the textbook for) the overall isntruction isn't bad. However, the customer service, financial aid office, and student advisement services are sub-par. If I could have awarded Ashford a 0 in these departments, I certainly would have. My student advisor was changed several times, the last of them being Whitney Walker. Most of my advisors up to that point-while short lived-were at least willing to work with me on the program and try to accommodate my desires. Ms. Walker patently refused to do so. I was less than halfway through my program when she scheduled me for a 4 credit class-Dependence of Man on the Environment. As soon as I saw this class come up on my schedule, I called Ms. Walker and requested that it be postponed, and that I take something else in it's place. I had not yet taken any of my elective courses, so there was certainly a wide range of things that I could have taken rather than the four credit course. I explained to Ms. Walker that the workload for that particular course was not going to be feasible with my current situation-it required two board discussions, a lab, and a written assignment every week. Most Ashford courses do not require this much work. I requested to take an elective 3 credit course. Ms. Walker refused, and would not even give me information on other course offerings. She left me a voicemail saying "Sorry-there's really nothing else I can put you in. I'm gonna go ahead and leave you in that course." I decided to try and tough it out. Two weeks in, I realized the course wasn't going to work. I called again, and got another advisor, and explained that my advisor had refused to reschedule the course, but I needed to change it because I wasn't going to be able to handle the workload, and I needed a different course. I expressed concern that I would get a low grade, which would affect my scholarship status, and the advisor looked up my GPA and said "Oh well your GPA is great. You can handle a C-no problem." Whether I could or not was immaterial-I wanted to keep my GPA as high as possible. Again, my concerns were ignored, and my request was denied. At this time, Ashford had just changed their online software. As a result, one of my assignments was lost in the new system. I didn't get credit for it. At this point I was three weeks in, and I knew if I dropped I'd be charged, but out of fear for what it would do to my GPA, I sent a written request stating that I needed to drop the course. This time, Ms. Walker did process the drop request. However, what she failed to tell me is that dropping that course put me under my designated amount of completed hours needed to keep my financial aid award. So Ashford returned a large portion of my financial aid to my lender, and then told me I owed them $1100 and I would have to pay it out of pocket in order to receive further financial aid, or continue to attend classes at Ashford. First of all, if Whitney Walker had done what I asked her to do in the first place, the entire situation would have been avoided. Secondly, had it been explained to me that dropping the class would have affected my financial aid status, I'd have accepted a lower grade and stayed in. But this wasn't explained to me. After this incident, I informed Ashford I was not going to take any further classes with them. They continued to call me and email me for months-acting as though I hadn't withdrawn from their program, and offering me new start dates. I kept telling them not to contact me, and they persisted. I enrolled in a different program and had no problem getting my transcript from Ashford. However, I decided not to enter that program, and enrolled in another. Ashford refused to send my transcript to that program. I requested a form to file a formal grievance. Ashford refused to send me that form, and said instead it was customary to go through a mediation process, in order to try and resolve complaints before the formal grievance level. I said I was not interested in the informal process, I wanted to proceed to the formal grievance process. They refused, and said I had to go through the informal process first. They asked me to present my case to a mediator, and tell the mediator what I thought the resolution should be. I explained the situation to him, the highly unprofessional behavior of Ms. Walker, her refusal to reschedule the class when I'd explicitly asked her to, and her negligence in explaining the consequences to my financial aid award status once she finally did do as I requested and dis-enroll me from the course. He asked what my ideal resolution was, and I said I wanted my transcript released immediately, and while I didn't feel it was fair, since Ashford was at fault, I would be willing to pay a reduced amount on the outstanding balance. The mediator told me to expect a resolution within two weeks. Four weeks passed. I hadn't heard anything, and then out of the blue, I get emails from Whitney Walker, and my former financial aid advisor, Elise Dellagala, informing me that the most recent course at Ashford had resulted in an incomplete, and could therefore have negative effects on my financial aid award. Could I please call them at my earliest convenience to discuss the situation? Unbelievable. They don't advise me at the time the situation occurs, but they want to advise me SIX MONTHS after I've quit the program, and am enrolled in another? I emailed the mediator and forwarded their emails to him, and told him that this was exactly the type of unprofessional behavior and shoddy service I'd complained of in my initial grievance. Furthermore, I'd like to continue on with the formal grievance process. He emailed me back and said "Oh, I know that must have been frustrating. Could we talk over the phone?" Well, I work all day-I don't have time to take personal calls, and I told him as much. Besides that, (and I didn't include this in my email to him, but it was my reasoning) I was tired of being given the runaround by these people. I wasn't about to let him try and placate me with empty promises-it's clear what this organization is about. I asked to be informed by email. I received an email from Ashford's mediation department today, stating that they were refusing to release my transcript, the balance would not be lowered, but the University is offering to extend a payment plan so I can avoid collection. Oh, how very gracious. THEY cause the problem, and THEY give bad service, but I'M expected to make all concessions in the situation. I don't think so. I informed their mediator that this was unacceptable, and that I wished to proceed immediately with the formal grievance process, I would be filing complaints with every agency and governing board associated with Ashford University and Bridgepoint Education, and that I would be contacting an attorney. After this I went online and found page after page of similar complaints. This wasn't the case when I enrolled-Ashford had a good reputation then. I found it because it was recommended by the Tyra Banks show as a good university for those seeking an online alternative to traditional classes. I did research, and found a lot of good things on the internet about Ashford. This isn't the case anymore. Obviously, something has changed, because there are a lot of people out there with similar stories to mine. Buyer beware-Ashford is an unethical and unprofessional organization with no conception of customer service-and why should they have? My situation shows, they're not going to take ownership when their employees mess up. Apparently, there is no consequence to employees for giving inadequate service-so why should they bother? They get their money either way, and it's the consumer that suffers. Had this situation been handled differently, I would have been happy to try and continue on there-the instructors at Ashford are good, and the online format is easy to use. Once they get the bugs worked out (like the one that evaporated my assignment) it will probably be a good system. Their online library is also very good. But you'd get better customer service from an outsourced call center in a third world country. Don't sell yourself short-your education is too important to entrust to people with no ethics and no sense of professionalism. Jena P. Springfield MO
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Dennisjmoore (In Progress) on July 31, 2011 (email verified)

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Ashford Is Convenient I have been enrolled at Ashford University since December 2010. My degree plan is Organizational Management with a minor in Human Resources. I am currently in my sixth class with the University and I am really enjoying my experience thus far. I decided to pick Ashford because of their generous transfer credit policy. Organizational Management class allows you to transfer 50 electives into your degree plan. That was a huge plus for me since I have taken classes before Ashford that were OSHA subjects and not business classes. They applied all of my credits to the Electives category. The Professors are helpful, and most of them have a Teacher Assistant (T.A.) in their classes to help you and they grade your writing papers. If you complete the paper early and provide it to the T.A. they will correct it for you and give it back to you to tighten up before you receive a written grade. I consider Ashford to be an easy school if you pay attention to the instructor guidelines. With that being said, I had my sister and my friend register for the school. I thought that the classes would be a breeze for them since they both went to a technical college on campus and both received an AA degree. They could not keep up though in an online environment because they need a teacher to be there physically and hold there hands. They could not stay focus themselves to complete the assignments in a timely manner. I love them, but they were being lazy. ? Anyone can exceed at Ashford if you follow instructions and get your home work in on time. I have to admit, it is easy school. You don’t have to do group assignments at all for this school. You have 12 hours to complete your 10 question test, which is open book. Good luck.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 27, 2011 (email verified)

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love it, but worried I've been a student for over a year, but am not always challenged. Although this is true, I have learned a lot. In reading these reviews, I'd say that the negatives just depend on the people. My academic, financial, and even enrollment advisors have been great and they make it easy for me every step of the way. Friends that I have made have been transferring out, which leads me to my next point: the retention rate is low. REALLY low. I like the school & all, but after reading about it on Wikipedia, I am becoming skeptical. Tell you one thing: I will not be happy if I graduate from there & the degree counts for nothing!
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Jayrob1974 (In Progress) on July 21, 2011 (email verified)

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1st Class--So Far So Good! Ashford is my 3rd on-line college (so right away I know you are suspicious!) and all I can say is that the learning platform is consistent with the previous two schools. What is different is that it seems that I have an entire team of people at my disposal to help me with everything from financial aid to the transferring of my credits from my, um, collection of previously attended schools. I've had to email four different people since my first course began recently, and I received an email within an hour all four times. There was also a voicemail on my cell phone waiting for me after work (I have to keep my phone off while on duty) reiterating everything that was in each email. Oh, and did I mention that the information was extremely helpful and delivered professionally? I was never promised anything, and I knew that since I started classes before my financial aid was processed I would have to pay out of pocket for that first course if my financial aid situation didn't work out as planned/hoped. My one beef with on-line colleges in general is that they don't seem to want to accept the fact that a student might not get the aid everyone hopes for. That I will say against them, period. But I have to acknowledge the fact that on-line education is here to stay, and schools like Ashford seem to know what they are doing. As far as them being investigated, let's not fool ourselves, people, into thinking that this is the first incident of scandal in higher education. Ashford students will only gain from this, in my opinion, since it seems to me that Ashford will only up their game and deliver the goods better than ever to prove their worthiness. Higher education is business, folks, and the competition is only getting stiffer. A word of advice: Please, please, PLEASE! if you are not self-motivated, accountable, and, like, a responsible adult, DO NOT enroll in an on-line program. I honestly think that many people assume that when you attend college on-line that the computer does the work for you or something. NO! It's all you, baby, and the only person you will have breathing down your neck to complete assignments is YOU. This method of learning is legitimate and here to stay (so get over it already!) but certainly not for everyone. In closing, let it be known that I am a realist to the core, and I will be sure to report on my experiences at Ashford, positive or negative, until I march down that aisle in Clinton, Iowa in June 2013. Yes, Ashford has a traditional campus also that used to be a private college once upon a time.
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Cat87 (In Progress) on July 18, 2011 (email verified)

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Don't bother going there My friend recommended this school to me, so I did not really looked into it that much. Let's start of the positives about this school. What I really liked is the fact that almost every class has audio materials. So I could be doing laundry and reading a book at the same time unlike University of Phoenix. The books can be highlighted and marked in like a real book. The school is cheaper then University of Phoenix. Let's get down to negatives that made me drop out take my money and look for a different school. My last professor was teaching psychology class without and psychology experience or education in that matter. She has an MBA and worked as a manger her whole life. When I asked my counselors how does a teacher that has no knowledge of experience in psychology teaches a psychology class no one could give me a straight answer. They had retarded question like: "Does your instructor can not answer some of your questions?" I am sorry I got Google too. She would also find the most ridiculous articles out of the library that are written in Shakespeare's language to read and write essays about. What happened to reading an actual class material? Another negative would be University itself does not have late assignment policies at all. So every instructor makes their own. One instructor will accept late work taking 10% off a grade everyday it is late and another will not give you credit at all for a discussion question that was 8 hours late. This instructor took away 8% of my final grade because my DQ's were 8 hours late and has the most hilarious late policy. There is it."Written assignments that are late will have 10% of the total grade of the assignment deducted for each day the assignment is late, unless arrangements are made with me in advance due to an emergency. " Oh... I am sorry I am going to have a heart attack tomorrow around 4 o'clock. Can you please excuse my late assignment? Other then that she does not care if you are pushing out a baby that day. Late work is late work! Stay away from Christine Villasenor. She is a horrible teacher. When I asked my advisers if they can transfer me out to a different class because I was not happy with this instructor they told me that I have to pay close to $600 because I just started my second week in class and it is too late. I have to drop a class and then retake it fresh with a new instructor. Hm...When I had enough of this school and called in to drop out completely and I spoke to about 6 different people half of them told me I do not have to pay for that class while another half told me I have too. WOW They can not even figure out their own policies. Aside from a fact that for a whole day of me calling my financial and academic advisers I could not reach anyone. I had to call main offices to do all of this. All I have to say is : STAY THE HELL AWAY!
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Kriswhite08 (In Progress) on July 17, 2011

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Scam! I changed to this school from UOP because I was looking for a more manageable class load since I work fulltime. All that I managed to accomplish with this school was waste 6 months of my life and put off my graduation date by a full year! First they try to get you to split your pell grant awards in a 70-30 ratio. Where they only give you 30% of your award and hold onto the other 70% where they are probably collecting intrest on your money. I denied this twice and still they continued to hold my money. I had to contact the Iowa Board of Higher education for them to finally get everything straightened out. However almost immediatly afterward I began failing my class.( I had a 3.7 gpa @uop) and then they began asking for 4000 dollars. They said it was to cover the cost of the failed class and the price to retake the class. I found out from the fafsa that ashford had already pulled out well over over the full semesters award (this was borht grant and loan amount) and was infact into the next semesters award. I dont have enough left in next semsters account to cover 2 classes and when I questioned ashford about this they admitted that next semester I would have to get an addition loan to cover the extra $4200. And they wont release my credits until I pay the entire 8200 dollars for the whole academic year. This is a total waste of time and money!!! Don't Do it!!!
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Madalyn777 (In Progress) on July 16, 2011 (email verified)

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THE RUDEST PEOPLE I EVER MET..... I had nothing but problems at this school. The councilors never call you back and the teachers are unprofessional. The financial aid dept is unorganized and they keep your stipend, to collect interest (that's called sitting on the money) and they have been investigated for sitting on money owed to students. When you drop or withdraw they HAVE UP TO 45 DAYS TO REFUND YOUR MONEY, and will wait the full 45 days BEWARE!Doug the financial aide officer is beast...he is nasty, rude and talks to you like you are an idiot. Stephanie the school rep acts like she is as sweet as sugar,,,in till her quota is made.If you want a real education, go to a real school...People laugh at Ashford University. You can get the same amount back for your stipend at a community college. These people caused me so much stress and anxiety I hope the government investigates them again and closes them down as 99% of their funding is from the government and these people are snakes.
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Ndhardy (In Progress) on July 15, 2011 (email verified)

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Very Satisfied! I am 1/3 through my Masters Degree and find the instructors and curriculum challenging! The curriculum is relative and the classroom website is very user friendly! I researched many colleges before starting my Masters program and am very satisfied with Ashfords professionalism, student support, and decision to attend! I would recommend this University to anyone wanting to complete an online degree!!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 14, 2011 (email verified)

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Great school I don't understand why all of these persons are having such a rough/difficult time with Ashford. I graduated Salutitorian from my High School, received an Associates at a local community college, attempted to receive a Bachelor's from our local university and could not work full-time and go to class at night. Most courses are scheduled for those non-workers. It would have taken me forever to do two classes a semester, etc. I began researching schools, looked at their degree accreditation, looked into financial aid, called multiple persons, did many weeks of research and found Ashford to be the best suited school for my needs. I was hesitant at first to complete an application, but after talking with the enrollment advisor was very at ease adn did so..Best choice ever. I am less than four months away from graduation. Would have been completed except due to time, etc I did not do as well as wanted. So.. for anyone whom says they did not learn anything..That is their own fault.. Read the text. If oyu are confused ask your classmates..ask your professor..For financial aid, etc.. Ask questions..Do research...If something seems off..ask again.. I just can't beleive these people that expect everyone else to do stuff for them and b/c of little things they just get angry and 'hate'. But Ashford has been an amazing experience for me...
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My2babies9806 (In Progress) on July 13, 2011 (email verified)

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I really love it here Im just now starting my 3rd class at Ashford and I have to say I really love it here. My classes are interesting, my instructors have been really patient and helpful, and my advisors totally ROCK IT OUT. They are really awesome. I got my FA stipend really fast with no issues at all. I've even switched up a few classes and changed around the order of my schedule and there's been no issue at all. My calls and emails are always answered in LESS than 24 hours. The flexibility of online classes has been awesome. I HIGHLY recommend AU to any and everyone. I really love this school. GO SAINTS!!!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 12, 2011

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Not a Typical University I just applied a few days ago. Like most universities, this would mean I wouldn't be starting until the winter like I intended since I applied so late. My plan was to go back to community college and get a lot of the general electives out of the way (history, math, economics) for a semester before going to Ashford for financial reasons. My "guidance counselor" (aka a sales woman) called me literally an hour after I submitted my application. Since then, my phone and e-mail has been blown up with messages. I explained my financial situation, seeing as a class at my school costs about 300 dollars, and I'd have to pay 2,000 for my first class at Ashford and wanted to make the most of my Pelle grant. They took 51/62 credits, which I had no issues with. However, the woman went from telling me transferring classes from my transcript was no problem and how they take 89 credits to telling me how "dangerous" it was to continue at a community college for basic classes accepted every where (US History and Intermediate Alegebra, for example). Soon I had 3 different people (a "manager", a financial aid advisor, and my guidance counselor) calling me each once a day and getting frustrated because they would call me at strange times while I was at work when I've told them time and time again I'm not coming until winter and didn't expect to be pressured into signing up the same day that I submitted my application. Basically, it's very clear that they work off of commission and after being borderline harassed for over a week now..I'm so turned off by coming to this school that I don't even care if it's a great school or not. Perhaps your institution should be a little more friendly and less obvious that you're just working to get your credit on your pay check instead of helping people get an education.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 11, 2011

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50/50 I am a current student and understand some of the negative comments. I personally have nothing bad to say about AU, one thing is how easy the course work is. I attended other colleges and found them to be a bit more difficult. Yes, you need to have the motivation and desire to complete your work in a timely manner. The classes are 5 weeks long and there is a good amount of reading, discussion boards, quizzes and writing assignments done in each week. Overall it’s a good online school that seems to be easy with courses that could be more challenging.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 6, 2011 (email verified)

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Great school if you're willing to do the work. I enrolled at Ashford last September and I'm just about to finish up my first year. I can say that this school definitely exceeded my expectations on so many levels. I had an awesome enrollment adviser. He helped me through my FAFSA application, the application for the school, the application to request my Army transcripts, and my first class. We talked just about everyday leading up to my first day of class. If i sent him an email or called I usually got an answer by the end of the day or first thing in the morning. I definitely felt like I was a priority. The only reason he stopped talking to me everyday throughout my first class is that I felt confident in what I was doing and did not request his help as much. I got an email every week for the first class and if I didn't answer right away he would call just to check up on me. I have to admit, I was worried about financial aid a little bit because of reading so many negative reviews about it, but I haven't had one issue with it. Any question I've had has been answered with 24 hours. My AA and my FA have been sincerely honest and know what they are talking about. I also took a short 2 week break for vacation last April and I expected some hiccups but everything went smoothly. My first couple of classes were exceptionally easy as I figured they would be. It can be frustrating to sit through them but you have to remember that they are meant to introduce you to the online learning environment. Some of your classmates may not have the same level of computer competency as you and may have been out of school for DECADES. They classes do get harder as you go and normally your classmates will either learn and improve from other classes or drop out because they can not meet the standards Ashford holds everyone accountable for. That being said, Ashford is not a diploma mill and you should not expect to receive easy grades. I've worked very hard to keep my GPA as high as it is (3.96). I've also been selected for the Dean's List and I was invited to join an honor society. If you aren't an independent learner or willing to be then Ashford is not for you and you are probably better off going to a brick and mortar school. Also, you should not expect unrealistic things from your instructors. Many of them have second jobs and a family on top of instructing your class. My current TA is also TA for 3 or 4 other classes. That's a lot of papers to grade and questions to answer. You have to be patient. The quality of the classes blew my mind. After the initial "starter" classes, they quality of the materials and of the instructors were exceptional. I haven't had one serious gripe about my instructors or the TA's. The only class I really had an issue with was my Anthropology class. The quizzes seem like they are based off a different textbook and it was really hard to answer some of the questions correctly. However, I still received an A- in the class so no worries. When I was in high school I was very bored with the classes I was taking because I didn't feel like I was learning anything I didn't already know. High school was more of a "memorize and repeat" type of environment, where Ashford seems to be more "learn and apply". The instructors I've had have all been awesome! I had one that gave me extra credit for pointing out a mistake on a quiz. Many of my instructors have read and replied to my discussion posts and have asked me really thought provoking questions. My current TA even wrote a recommendation for my LinkedIn profile without me even asking. All in all I have to say that Ashford has provided me with an education I am proud of. I recognize that this type of learning is not for everyone, but I have no serious complaints and I can not wait to walk across that stage and receive my diploma in 2014. On a side note, my boyfriend has also just started his BA with Ashford and though he has had some issues with FA, it has not been with the school, it has been with getting the right paperwork from the IRS regarding his taxes last year. He's really enjoying the school so far and is about to start his second class.
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MissSexyDIVA30005 (In Progress) on June 30, 2011 (email verified)

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HORRIBLE Experience...They avoid telling you what your Financial status in but sucker you into enrollment!!! This school is full of crap! After being overwhelmed with calls each day and harrassed by the enrollment guy to get started I enrolled and got started with my first classes Adult Psychology. After the first 2 weeks, I never heard back from Financial aid and when I did it was automatic emails that told me forms were incomplete...huh well why would you enroll me to begin. This continued on until I completed the first 5 wks and when I called Financial AID each day to follow up on my financial aid status no one called me back or attempted to help me until I escalated the call to the supervisor level. However during this whole ordeal the advisor keep enrolling me in my second class and even when I told him I would not take another class until my financial aid was completed and I knew what the status...they refused to drop the 2nd class. After the 2nd week of the 2nd class it was finally drop when I demanded the phone number to their ombudsman to file a complaint on the school. This school still charged me the one time technology fee along with the half of the 2nd class and the full cost on the first class. They set you up and if you aren't proactive they will make sure they get your pell grant money and also charge you the ridiculous costs and fees. I WOULD NEVER TELL ANY ONE TO GO TO THIS SCHOOL FOR THEIR GRADs program because it is a waste of money. I still end up coming out of pocket for $1600 and only spent 7wks in there program. Therefore it is not cheaper to go to an online university vs to an local university that make sure your financial aid is approved prior to starting any classes! Please THINK TWICE and don't be fooled by ASHFORD!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 30, 2011

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Ashford University= SCAM!!! Boy, did I feel like I dodged a bullet when I backed out of Ashford University's online program. I had this recruiter calling me every second of the day nagging me to sign up for this universities online school. I was interested enough so I began the application process which was ( thankfully) such a nightmare that I began to think twice about going through with it. Even though I never attended Ashford University my story starts out like so many. I have been out of work for a couple of months with a bachelors degree that I can't do much with without furthered education. I've been surviving by doing odd jobs and cleaning for my parents. I have nothing but debt and bills at the moment and this school SEEMED like the answer to my prayers... NO, wrong. This school reeks of scam. First of all, I didn't like how my recruiter (Janice) pressured me into an area of study I wasn't comfortable with and harassed me every second of the day to hurry up and enroll even though I told her that I was financially unsound and did not have a reliable computer setup. I told her that I wanted to wait for my financial aid to kick in before I started because I absolutely needed the excess funds to pay for Internet connection inorder to be successful in an online school. I was told that I had nothing to worry about and that my online education would be fully covered by student aid and then some and that I had to start classes first before I could receive the aid. This information raised red flags for me. No school can guarantee that you'll be approved the maximum amount of Federal Student Loan aid. That's how they trap people. They target the working poor and those people that are desperately seeking education to weather though this tuff economy. I backed out of the program when I was having a hard time just logging on to the site and was told to use any means to get in and finish applying. I was thinking that at the very least I should be able to login without any headaches. I told my recruiter that I wasn't interested and she pretty much hung up on me before I was done talking, where as before, I could not go a day without hearing from that lady numerous times. I see now that I was an easy target for their money siphoning scam. Do your research and never let anyone pressure you into something that you are not comfortable with. There are many other ways to receive financial aid inorder to attend college that aren't out to suck you dry and add to your financial burden.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 27, 2011 (email verified)

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Go to Ashford If you can go to a traditional campus and take 5 classes a semester go to a traditional campus. If you work full time or have a family, and can't take AT LEAST 5 classes go to Ashford otherwise it's going to take 5-12 years to get a degree. They offer an accredited degree for a fraction of the cost of their competitors. Every school makes money off of you and your financial aid. Tuition costs pay for faculty and staff at ay university, plain and simple whether it's a community college, online program, or ivy leage campus. Most of the people on here who complain about Financial Aid are the students who are only signing up for a school and using Financial Aid to try and pay some bills. Unfortunately, if you don't go to school, post attendance, or do your work you get dropped and have to pay for the class that you failed. Long story short, don't sign up for school ANYWHERE unless you're actually committed to finishing. If you can't go to a traditional campus go to Ashford. If you can't go to ashford don't go because if you can't succeed there, you shouldn't be going to school. PERIOD.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on June 3, 2011 (email verified)

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DON'T DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let me say, I've gotten a AA and a BA online and it was great for my schedule, but this school is the pits and I'm in the Master's Program. You don't feel as if you've learned anything at the end of a class, and starting from the Academic Advisor to the Financial Aid Department their all in lack on knowledge. Trust me keep looking and find another online unversity to attend, but this is not it if you truly want to learn about your field of study. The Financial Aid Department SUCKS! you would think it's their own personal money their sending you in the mail, they just recently signed up for direct deposit and if you have a balance they can't explain why you have one. And word to the wise if you fill out your Petition for Graduation and not pay the fee up front it will end up as a balance under your finances in the Student Portal, but they won't tell you that. I instructors can be extremely rude at times, not all of them but you will have a few that has their head up their butts and act as though you're an idiot and should automatically know the answer if you're in the Master's Program. Then you have those instructors that only care about APA Format and not the actually content of your work. I can't find enough words to insult this school again I say............DON'T DO IT.....and if you do.....DON'T DO IT AT THIS UNIVERSITY!!!! Try AIU!!!!
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SK1TOOSK1 (In Progress) on May 27, 2011 (email verified)

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What are you talking ABOUT Reading the prior post,I was getting a little upset and then it turned to what is really going on, I will say this and get this part out the way, their financial aid dept / and or financial advisor don't know anything and because they don't know anything they have a ill fated attitude. I had to ask the guy did he have a problem with? Then is whole attitude changed. They need better trained advisors. OK, with that said ASU is a great skill,and one dummy said he didn't do know work and finished,well we all no that a tale. You just heard a young lady say she had to do a lot of research papers. By doing the research paper you should be soaking up the info your writing about.The instructors engage in the proper manner, and far as the posts go that how you participate with the class, and when you post it needs to be clear you had nothing to do with plagiarism. The teacher does talk and within the class room and out,I have Ashford to be challenging and a good school. To the one guy who said you got done with cheating your way thru, one I don't know how and two it's very hard to do and your cheating yourself, when you get that new job and is told to do something you wont have a clue their taking about, first if you can make it through the interview, with out someone you know, I can't see you making in through. You have to really want this and travel time is an issue and you really want it then stop complaining and do it already or maybe this isn't the place for you.
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AngelaLdykstra (In Progress) on May 26, 2011 (email verified)

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Student be aware! Save your money and go to a State University! I have the same problem with Ashford that I did with University of Phoenix. At the end of every funding round with UOPX, I was left with an out of pocket amount to pay between $500 - $700. I was assured by BOTH for-profit educators that my financial aid would cover ALL costs of attendance. At UOPX, I was required to withdraw until I could pay off the financial aid short-fall. Today I received a call from the Ashford Financial Aid office telling me I owe from my very first block of classes back from MAR 2010. Over a year has gone by. I have received (2) disbursement checks to cover my books. Combine this with their often non-participating "industry expert" class facilitators that seldom post anything of added-value to the participation boards that would indicate industry expertise. I will NOT be attending this institution after completing my BA in Psychology. For profit universities...take a look at the stock of Bridgeport Education and look at the salaries of the principles. Educators should be ashamed of the financial greed the top dogs rake in. Considering the fact that the majority (as is the same with other FOR PROFIT Universities) of revenue comes from financial aid dollars, this public corporation and its founders are profiting (into the BILLIONS of dollars) off of tax-payer supported grants. The ONLY universities that seem to be able to keep their word about funding costs are the State run NON-PROFIT universities; most of which now have online degree programs. The only way to force "affordable" education is to STOP attending these establishments that really don't intend to keep promises, hire non-interested staff, and keep raising their rates over and over and over. By the time I complete my BA this fall, I will have experienced (3) tuition increases and I have attended a little over a year and a half. STAY AWAY; especially if you are having to foot your education bill on your own!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 20, 2011

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Bad Attitude I was in progress in finding an online University to finally start college. My first contact was with Ashford. At first they were very nice and very helpful. Then I started getting pressure to START the class. I keep explaining I Had to know if I was going to get a Pell Grant, I Had to know what my expenses would be before I committed to anything. I was told more than once that I HAD to start classes before all of that would be finalized. Then I read reviews and say what many others were saying about this Univ. So I started researching other online Univ. I decided to go with another. I emailed the people that were involved in helping me at Ashford to let them know I was going to be attending another Univ. I have now received 3 calls by three different people. The first two were pleasant enough. The last one was the student counselor I started working with and when I told him I sent an email to him and the financial advisor, he stated WE did not get your email (how does he know the other person did not get an email?) Then he got a real attitude toward me, told me I OWED him a phone call. I should have called him and discussed the fact that the other univ was cheaper (one of the top Christian univ) He wanted to question their accrediation. I owed him, that univ. nothing! First I started getting pressure to START the classes, when I should not have. Then I get an attitude because I choose not to go with HIM, his univ. Sorry, My advise BEWARE!
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Harryadabi (In Progress) on May 19, 2011 (email verified)

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How good is Ashford University? I will be graduating this month from MBA Project Management program. Started Ashford University September of 2009. From the first day until today Ashford has provided me with a first class administrative and academic support and excellent means of communication. The quality of courses and professors has been outstanding. Teachers and advisors have always been available to answer questions and solve problems. I have not had any problems with Ashford’s support system. I would certainly recommend Ashford University to people who are seeking the opportunity to receive their education online. People who can study and learn independently. Students who know what their goals are, and are willing to work very hard are excellent candidates for Online education especially at graduate level. Online education takes lots of initiatives and determination. Teachers are not there to comfort the student. Their job is to facilitate the learning experience and point the student at the right direction. If you need teacher’s guidance every step of the way, need constant counseling, and are not able to pick up the ball and run with it, then please attend classes in person and not online. I hope these comments would help people to choose wisely.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 18, 2011 (email verified)

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Some Great, some not so great moments I turned to Ashford for the convenience and the value. I have received a Bachelor of Science with Education Concentration from them, and am now working to complete my Masters in Education with a Specialization in Reading Literacy. The convenience is great! Many of the support staff are wonderful people. Most of the teachers are top-notch! The problems: You do not know what book you need (truly) until you gain access to your classroom, because the books they list in the library are not correct. The reason is to keep you from renting or buying elsewhere. My fantastic Academic Advisor gave me the sneak attack key to finding out ahead of time what the books will be, so I now know and rent to save $100's. Not everyone is privey to that info, with the exception of anyone in my classes. ;) As I said, the support people are great people, but uninformed people. If you are going for the BS with Concentration in Education, DO NOT do the Rio Salado sister school addition!! I REPEAT, DO NOT DO THE RIO SALADO ADDITION! Instead, see what your state has to offer in the way of an Alternative Certification Program. I saved 2 more years, and over $7,000. You can, too! The tuition at Ashford is fantastic, and I think you will find no other school that charges this little. Because the support staff is not informed like they should be at times, you might find them frustrating, but the school is really worthy of your time. Good luck!!
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Schelly (Graduate) on May 17, 2011 (email verified)

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Your Focus = Your Reality Institutions differentiate themselves to provide value to various markets. Traditional schools focus on students just starting out who need a well-rounded foundation to get started in their working life. Online schools focus on working adults who need to earn their degree to advance in their careers, but have little ability to schedule classroom face-time. Reading these reviews is instructional. Note that those with primarily positive comments tend to write well, understand how to research information for themselves, and don't expect somebody from the school to "tell you the fine prints" (nperkins36, 2010, para 1). In short, if it confuses you that the University is located in Clinton, Iowa and its employees call you from San Diego, CA, this program may not be right for you. If it upsets you that the school uses one edition of APA rather than another, you may not have the temperament needed for college. If you do not understand that most college work involves "teaching yourself" then do yourself a favor and do not apply to *any* college or university. Try a vocational technical program instead. There is no shame in this - just go to the kind of school where your needs are best met. Overall, after 30 years in my field I found that earning my MBA/IS confirmed a great deal that I experienced in my working life, and expanded my horizons in the way I looked at a number of issues. I learned a lot. This is because I read a lot, researched a lot, communicated with others in my class a lot, and participated in the discussions a lot. I liked some instructors better than others, but I reminded myself frequently that these are human beings who each have their own views and preferences just like I do. I did not attend their classes to enjoy myself. However, in most cases I did enjoy my classes. The Ashford experience was totally different from my (early life) bachelor's pursuit, where I attended a brick-and-mortar campus. Nobody cared about my educational career more at that school than at Ashford. That isn't their job. This is college - not a K-12 cradle school. The reason the first campus experience was different is because the focus was different. I didn't know much of anything as a young person, and I tended to focus more on memorization, trying to learn processes and understand how things work. When you're a working adult, you tend to focus more on learning new ways of doing what you already know how to do, so you can do them better. Ask yourself what your focus is, then find a school that will best meet your needs and help you make your educational goals a reality. If all you want is somebody to hold your hand and walk you through your education, you will be disappointed with Ashford's educational offerings. Personally, I was very happy in my experience with Ashford, and I earned the degree I expected to receive as a result of my extensive research. No more, no less. I was satisfied with the service my counselors provided because I didn't expect more from these front-line workers than they could provide. If you find yourself angry (not just about school, but about anything in life) remember this. What angers us most in others is often what we dislike most about ourselves... we just don't want to admit it. As another wrote, do your homework and take personal responsibility before you sign any contractual agreements and you'll be okay. Personally, I loved Ashford and selected the school because my research proved it offered the greatest value at the lowest price of any other MBA program, including those offered at state-run institutions. As another reviewer wrote, you are not likely to become a Fortune 500 CEO after earning your MBA here because the institution is not accredited by AACSB and does not have a GMAT requirement. You get what you pay for. Govern yourself accordingly.
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Blucas66 (In Progress) on May 11, 2011

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Ashford is just Ok...but not horrible. Ashford dropped me from classes due to my having to travel for my job. I tried to express this to my academic councellor but it was brought to my attention that they changed my AC without notifying me. Ashford is a decent University and I'm sure there are folks that have had a good experience there. My experience there was better than I expected going in. Overall, I think they need to quit hiring students to work as advisors. They are not mature enough to handle the issues that working adults experience. I have chosen to transfer to Bellevue University.
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Teofilo_h_rivera (Graduate) on May 9, 2011 (email verified)

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MOAM @ Ashford University Some background data: I completed a 4 year tour in the U.S. Army with an Honorable Discharge as a NCO. I have a Bachelors Degree in Information Technology from Baker College in Auburns Hill, MI. I have experience with Training, Business, Education, Information Technology, and ERP Systems. I have been working as a Business Systems Analyst for the last 15 years. My program: I completed a Masters of Arts in Organizational Management with a minor in Supply Chain Management. I chose Ashford for their online program and cost. My experience with Ashford: Each individual will have a different and unique experience at Ashford University. I can only share my personal experience with you. I have read various reviews on Ashford University, both good and bad. My experience was a great one. The classes were challenging, and the Teachers were excellent. It was convenient not to have to travel to a brick and mortar classroom; however it was tough to complete a Master online. There is a lot of reading, writing, and posting. I ran into personal problems that required a change in my priorities and I could not keep up with the class pace. Ashford scheduled my courses with two week between courses. In one instance I requested and was granted a Leave of Absence during a personal emergency. Overall, I am happy with my investment, and after a deserved vacation and I planning on added Project Management to my degree. Regards,
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 9, 2011 (email verified)

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Ashford Is Fine By me I've noticed some bad reviews here and it seems some people like to be pampered and spoon fed everything. Ashford is not Harvard. However, they seem to go to some lenght to make sure we learn something. I have about 9 classes left and Ashford works fine for me. I have never had a single issue with any of my classes other than the issues I've created myself. Ashford is not hard but they haven't given it to me either. I've been late on a few assignment and paid for it. I've failed to log in one week and was promptly notified that it wasn't in my best interest to carry on doing that. I was slow to order a book for a class one time and started without it. I thought I would just wing it without the book...that didn't work out too well either. So all in all, Ashford expects me to earn my degree. Amazing they expect that isn't it? I don't know what's up with some of the bad reviews. Maybe people think that if Ashford gets their money than they are simply given a degree in return.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on May 8, 2011 (email verified)

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ONLINE DEGREE AT ASHFORD I FINISH MY BA IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION ONLINE. IT WASN'T A EASY TASK EITHER. I HAVE BEEN IN A CLASSROOM SETTING MANY TIMES BUT THIS IS MY FIRST ONLINE EXPERIENCE AND I FEEL LIKE IT IS HARDER ONLINE THAN SITTING IN A CLASSROOM. YOU REALLY HAVE TO READ A LOT AND WRITE A LOT. YOU READY HAVE TO BE DETERMINE TO COMPLETE A DEGREE ONLINE. I HAD PROBLEM WITH THE FIRST ENROLLMENT ADVISER I HAD. ONCE I DECIDED TO GO TO AU, SHE SOON DISAPPEARED AND WAS NEVER ABLE TO CONTACT AGAIN. EVERYONE ELSE WAS GREAT THOUGH. AS FOR THE FA DEPARTMENT, NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO TO SCHOOL AT, YOU GOING TO HAVE TROUBLE WITH THEM. I GOT MORE HELP WITH MY AID ADVIOR I HAD HERE AT AU THEN WHEN I WENT TO A TRADITIONAL SCHOOL AND SAT IN THE CLASSROOM WHERE I RECEIVED MY AS DEGREE. OVERALL, I LIKED THE SCHOOL. THERE IS ALWAYS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT BUT THAT GOES FOR ANY SCHOOL.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on May 4, 2011 (email verified)

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A Wonderful Experience I have just completed my BA in Organizational Management through Ashford University. It has been a great experience all the way through. There were some struggles with a couple of professors but they weren't any different than what I experienced at my prior brick and mortal school. When I see people complaining about this school, I really have to wonder if we attended the same one. I had two or three different academic advisors during my time there and they were all incredibly attentive, supportive and positive. They all somehow managed to make me feel like I was the only student they had. I only ever spoke to a financial aid person once. She was a bit curt, but my questions were answered. I do think it is to the school's credit that I only ever had to speak to financial aid once! Everything is done in accordance with their policies, so if you can read you know exactly what to expect. In the end, I'm very pleased with my decision to attend Ashford. If you're considering this school and are a reasonable adult who just wants to get credit for the work you do, don't let a couple of sour pusses put you off of what might be a really positive thing for you. I would recommend this school to anyone who was serious about completing a degree online.
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Dadezgrl72 (In Progress) on April 30, 2011 (email verified)

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Ashford experience Ashford while it is not perfect, it has grown on me. I think that how much you are committed to the program will determine how satisfied you will be. When I first began Ashford, I thought this was going to be hard, but after a few classes I got the hang of it, and for the most part everything is the same, in each class except maybe the subject. The format is easy to understand. I have been attending Ashford since august of 2009, while it has not been perfect, it has been a great learning process. I have had only two instructors that were lazy and did absolutely nothing to help in the class, however if you follow the guidelines that are set for you to handle those situations, and they did it in a timely manner. The cost has gone up, but the money I save when I get books is tremendous. I found that I can get book that are a few editions older, however they work for the 5 weeks I am in class and only cost about 5 buck so far. This has been an overall great experience, it all depends on how bad you want your degree as to whether or not you do well in any online setting.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on April 15, 2011

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broken promises My overall educational experience with Ashford was great. The online format was very convenient, the instructors were usually helpful and time seemed to fly by. It was quite affordable also. However, problems started popping up late in the degree program that stem from pretty much being duped by the enrolment advisor. I was told that I would finish the entire program in a little over two years. I guess they were leaving out the year and half I would spend at the transfer colloge. Ended up it didn't matter anyway because the degree they offered did not work in my state. That's right, an Ashford degree is not exceptable in NY. I probably could have spent my money better with an institution that would not promise me that their program would work for me without actually know that. At least I can say that the enrolment advisors are good sales people.
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Sp9805 (In Progress) on April 11, 2011

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Got my degree and overall happy with it It's not a bad school for online students. I actually saw worse reviews from local university like Nova which were not good at all. I graduated with honors at ashford and its one of the top schools listed for military advancements. I personally have over 10 people enroll after me and they are pleased with the school. We love the short 5 week classes that are offered and most of your grades are based on discussion and papers and only 20% on exams. It's pricey for non military members but then again so are many univeristy's that offer online classes that are private colleges.
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(Graduate) on April 3, 2011

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Beware... Book are expensive and many of my "intructors" were very slow to response Advisors were NEVER available to talk the only time they were on point is when they wanted their $ beware if you have an unpaid balance with this school. My account was sent to an collections agency even after I was on a pymt plan. This agency in turn made some harassing calls which by the way is illegal. I called to speak with an Allen Bloom who by the way only retuned my call ONCE and refuse to discuss my account. I have PAID my balance in full and my account continues to be frozen it has been a month and NO ONE at Ashford can help it seems that I am at Mr. Blooms mercy I have left several v.m for Mr. Bloom and really don't expect any response. All I want is my degree which the OWE ME!!! oh and don't EVER mentioned that you're planning on getting your master because a different person will call you every wk. I was getting calls even before I had actually finished at the end I had to tell them very sternly that I was not interested. This school come across as an honest and with high ethical standards but they're every thing but.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 30, 2011

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Study, look around before you pick this school. I'm going to be completely honest, I am a current student with Ashford. I am not one of the angry people complaining about financial aid, how my advisor never helps me when I should be helping myself, or how I failed my class and it's the institutions fault. It's essentially because of this. http://help.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/?id=02ada3a9-907a-4758-b8e7-30868dce6926 If that's where you want the degree you put on your resume then by all means. Me personally I'm transferring out.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 30, 2011 (email verified)

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Really bad and expensive experience I attempted to do a course online through Ashford University. It was VERY confusing regarding how I actually got credits, the reading of other's work was apparently how I was supposed to learn and obtain points and grades. I attempted one class and failed as I really didn't get the hang of what was expected of me. I attempted several times to email the lecturer, but the responses were generic and not at all helpful. I recvd a collections letter in the mail this week for a bill of $950!!! I have recvd no bill in the mail or anywhere else for that matter... FOR ONE CLASS!!!! This is extortion!!!!! Ashbury Uni, you can shove this money right where it hurts!!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 30, 2011 (email verified)

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A college is a college, you wil learn if you choose The negative comments must be taken at face value; the rhetoric written is typical of online raving. AU allows students who choose to learn an opportunity to do so. There are many degree holders from other regioanlly accredited institutions who are clueless about what they learned in lecture halls. At AU, you can opt to sleepwalk and probably earn a degree, guess what? You can do so in any school in this country. However, why not choose to learn and get credit for your knowledge? I am certain that some critics encountered problems and that happens in every school, we deal with humans after all; make no mistake, the respopnsibilities of earning income or credit for education lies with each of us. AU can be an educational experience for those who make it that! Some derogatory comments actually are useful as the administration has continued to make positive changes, especially in light of Federal demands. AU, as most other RA online colleges, will raise the bar on admissions. Finally, I must comment that my nephew graduated from a top ten college and told me that tuition at his school has been raised by 100 percent, all schools do at some point. I am not happy about it either. I am in my 6th class and attended an IVY league school many years ago. Guess what, you get what you put into anything that is worthwhile in this life. Time management and total dedication to learning is the key at this school. Do not enroll if you are not willing to learn independently, in fact, skip the entire "college experience", for most schools will soon offer most courses online.
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(In Progress) on March 28, 2011

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Stop complaining I don't know what a lot of you people are complaining about. From day 1 I have had a wonderful experience here at Ashford. Here are some good things I have to say about what Ashford has to offer. 1) ADVISORS: My advisors are AWESOME and answer every question I need answered. They send me emails that I request the same moment I am on the phone with them. I have had nothing but motivation and support from these people and they have made it so easy for me. 2) CLASSES: I cannot begin to tell you how relieved I am to not have to get up in the morning, gather supplies, and worry about finding a parking place at school. These classes are 5 weeks long each, so you don't have to take on 3-4 classes at a time for 4 months long each. You worry about one class at a time. You have two discussions per week, one quiz (open book), and one assignment (which normally consists of building blocks to a paper so once week 5 comes up, your paper is already done). Is this something to complain about? I think not. Not that it's easy, but it's for people who actually work, have children, travel, etc., yet still WANT to get their education. 3)TEACHERS: Teachers here are great! It's a big discussion board, so emailing a teacher is just a click away. You ask, they answer. Someone complained about "teachers not having control of the quizzes". This is far from the truth. I take my education very seriously so when I'm done with a quiz, I will look over anything I answered wrong and double check if I was falsly marked wrong. Yes, this has happened, and my teacher gave me FULL credit after I informed her.
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Kathypoiry (In Progress) on March 22, 2011

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Excellent value I had excellent support from advisors, financial aid advisors and most instructors. This program is not for the people who are not self motivated. You have two assignments each week. A discussion on Thursday and paper on Monday. If you pace yourself for these you should be fine. The cost was reasonable as well. I do not know if the people who had problems were of the age group that needs constant encouragement and handholding but it was not that difficult to get through. I have heard the MBA is extremely difficult.
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Magnelg (In Progress) on March 18, 2011 (email verified)

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Outstanding University-From a Active Duty Military Student I am a current Active Duty USAF student and I can honestly say I have attended 3 big name universities in my career and AU has by been the best. The Negative-A with any school or place where humans are involved you will fingd those that do not mesh with yourself. 1.My academic advisor is hard to get a hold of, she admitted she does not check her voicemails at her desk. I like to give the benefit of the doubt so I take it is that she is busy with her duties. 2. Ebooks are not my favorite reference for when I am studying, I am constantly gone on work related duties and sometimes I do not have internet access to read my book, but I take the time and print out my Ebook and carry with me wherever I go. 3. The teachers post graded assignments a little late for my liking but when you have as many students as I have seen in my classes with multiple pages of work to grade, I am sure it can take awhile to give honest and constructive feedback. 4. Having tuition assistance I have had to not worry about alternate means of financing, but they do charge military the maximum allowable cap under TA which is $250 per credit hour. Recently I received a mass email from the univeristy that rates will be increased BUT this did not apply to military. I believe to offset the credit hour cost they include free textbooks as a incentive. The Postive-Since I am AD military I have tuition assistance and free books so I have NOT HAD one issue with the Financial aspect of AU. 1. I completed my USAF CCAF AA degree last year, in doing so I completed CLEP tests and went through 2 other "brick and mortar" colleges to complete the CCAF requirements. After all of my transcripts were evaluated AU accpeted 71 of my credits and applied them to my degree plan in Criminal Justice. I only have 49 credits remaining before I get my BA in CJ. 2. My enrollment advisor was absolutely marvelous, she answered ALL of my questions the same day I asked. She was always polite and caring and if she didn't know the answer she foudn it out and got back at the close of buisness the same day. She made my enrollment and starting my classes an outstanding experience. 3. The teachers have a background in what they are teaching, I have had nothing but positive things to say about their knowledge and feedback of my work. 4. They are TRUELY MILITARY FRIEDNLY and come through on their promises they commit to. Bottom Line-As others have said on here before you can get good grades without ever having to read the book. I have had to do it during crunch times. But if you read the material and hinestly put forth an effort into your work the teachers (and students) will notice it and comment appropriately. AU is a for-profit institution BUT they have a physical campus in Iowa and are regionally accreditted. I haven't had one negative experience worth mentioning like others have posted here. To me AU is a wonderful university and I have and will continue to recommend to others that want to seriously pursue their education.
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Scubasteve.thomas007 (In Progress) on March 17, 2011 (email verified)

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Contacts by Ashford I love attending classes as Ashford and am very proud to be part of a campus not a just an office building somewhere. Even our basketball team made it to the playoffs.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 11, 2011 (email verified)

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Most professors are good Most of the professors are good and have some kind of background that relates to the curse taught. HOWEVER--there are a few who provide "canned" answers to your assignments and when replying back or grading your assignments--you start to question how they were hired for the job. A few come off VERY lazy--I can tell they are letting someone else grade papers. I wanted to do the Master's program---but I am STRONGLY considering going elsewhere. When transferring credits--QUESTION---I believe they are in it for the money--over priced tuition. Some classes are not necessary. The Strategic Planning for Organizations' professor needs experience in this area--as well as the Human Resources Management professor. Teachers will take off marks for comma's and periods rather than undeveloped content--because they don't know the subject that well (or it becomes a ritual to them). Not impressed in this area with this school.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 10, 2011

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overpriced and overrated very dissatisfied in all aspects- no support from advisors, no one ever returns voice messages or emails, expensive, no help in finding financial assistance or scholarships, general ed classes should be taken elsewhere before even considering this school
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Brett.anderson2 (In Progress) on February 23, 2011 (email verified)

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Not bad once you weed through the "not so smart" advisors This is the college I went too, and one of my favorites. The only thing that I did not like was the transferability of credits. When I went to Embry Riddle, they accepted all of my Army schools into all of my electives, as well as Central Texas College. Ashford only gave me 9 credits and told me that they will continually evaluate my annual evalutations. When I call my advisor and tell him I need to send in an evaluation, he does not know what I am talking about. I am tired of having to explain everytime I call, and then still, I only have 9 credits transfered. The support is not great, everything else is cool, I would recommend this college.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 20, 2011 (email verified)

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You get quality if you put forth the effort!!! I have read reviews about Ashford University and I think most reviews that are negative are mad rants. With that being said you can get good grades and not read your text books at most universities. The question is who are you cheating, it’s not the university, and it’s yourself. You will have to apply the knowledge later in life and I must say some will fall short. Tuition is a common problem for a lot of online Universities so you need to stay involved with the payment process. I haven’t had any problems from the tuition department because I stay involved in the tuition process for the past two years. Ashford University classes are challenging if you READ your text and provide detail understanding of the text in your posts. There are some Instructors that put less effort in grading in the 100 and 200 level classes. The 380 and 400 level classes from my experiences expect more work and quality. I was a student at a brick and mortar university (A big name university) and I had good and bad professors. I always tried my best to learn and I’m applying that philosophy at Ashford. I’m in the military and Ashford has worked with my schedule and I receive free books. I know numerous military personnel that attend Ashford and they enjoy the classes and the online environment that Ashford provides. I hope that you pick this University from the positive feedback and apply effort in your courses and the tuition process and you will do well. I’m close to graduating from Ashford and have applied to USC and have been accepted into a Masters program. Bottom line is that your effort, understand of knowledge and will power will make you a good student in this environment at Ashford.
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(In Progress) on February 17, 2011

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POOR!!!! I have had the WORST time contacting Ashford, they never answer my calls, and because of that they dropped me out of the school because i never got ahold of them! The are a JOKE! DONT enroll in this school!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Workingman96108 (In Progress) on February 9, 2011 (email verified)

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Rude teachers Please feel free to go here if you wanted to get treated rudely by the teachers, also if you want to get ignored by the academic advisors. I tried for two weeks to get a hold of my academic advisor once and now i am being charged for the class in which the teacher treated me like i was scum on the bottom of her shoe. And forget about talking to the dean cause it is like classified information that they wont give out so you can make an appointment to talk to the dean.
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Rcdaycare (Graduate) on February 4, 2011 (email verified)

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MBA Ashford I received my MBA from Ashford in 2009. I have attended brick and mortar schools and am currently obtaining a master's degree from another college in another field. The classes are as challenging as you want to make them. As in any college program, you get what you put into it. If you are willing to work hard and learn without a lot of double checking from the school, you have found a good fit. As a college student, I feel that you are responsible for yourself. If you don't learn - it is your fault.
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Pat56born (In Progress) on January 28, 2011 (email verified)

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Cheated Veteran If you are a veteran beware of AShford University. They lure you in claiming to be veteran friendly and they are anything but that. I enrolled in the college and found them double billing and charging for things that every other college charges for within the tuition. They talk to if you lack any intelligence and lie openly about what services and discounts they provide for disabled veterans. My VA rep and me spoke with them on the phone about the discounts and services they would be able to provide for me since I wasn't able to use voc rehab since I was 100% diabled, they all but guaranteed me a discount that never showed up in writing and when I didn't recieve it and became ill and had to dis-enroll from the school they began sending these outrageous bills and threatening to ruin my credit. I am suffering for enrolling in this school and I warn in an Veteran beware of Ashford university there are all sorts if's ands to get their discounts.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 24, 2011

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Not complaining Super Easy - Finance Horrible Overall, I enjoyed my experience and it feels good to be 2 weeks away from being done. I'm taking my last class with Ashford and I have to say it was super easy! I didn't learn anything yet I have straight A's. After I figured out the system I realized that I don't even need the book to pass the class. For the last couple of classes I haven't even used the books required. All the questions are common sense. I just write my opinion an I get full credit. And for the essays 8-12 page essays, I just quickly write something up and I don't even go back and double check for grammar or spelling errors and I still get full credit. I'm not complaining because I"m getting my degree and it's regionally accredited. I didn't learn anything but in reality you forget everything you learn in school anyway because the real world is always different then what's written in textbooks. I do appreciate some classes that were fun & EASY. The only class I feel learned something was probably Critical Thinking. I do have to say the only bad experience I've had with Ashford is with their financial dept. They do take your money if you're not careful. I've declined loans and they "forget" or somehow "the cancelation" form hasn't been processed for some "odd" reason. They always apologize and are oblivious as to why the loan didn't get "canceled" I'm still fixing some loan issues that are showing up on my FedLoan but I had sent cancellation notices for to Ashford. Getting a hold of the Financial advisors is not easy. They always have to call you back. I admit they always do call back and they are helpful, but it's frustrating to keep having to call them to make sure my paperwork is being processed. Financially, they are oblivious MOST of the time and just apologize for their financial errors or unprocessed work and for "inconvenience". I don't need another apology I just need it to get taken care of. In my experience, what makes it difficult is that they are always changing financial advisors so every time I call it's a different person and I have to explain the whole thing all over about the paperwork that has still not been processed in MONTHS. When it comes to the classes being paid they are on top of it really quickly, but when it comes to loan cancellations... lets just say today is January and I'm still calling about loan cancellation forms I sent out in NOVEMBER.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 12, 2011

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Keep Looking!!! Ashford is charging fees that other universities include in their tuition @ the same cost and in my cases lower cost. Ashford Finance Dept is unprofessional and "lacking knowledge". Their goal is to enroll you and take your money. If you need books - oh well!!!! That's what the huge technical fees is for e-courses which I had one class and the remaining classes required books that you had to pay for yourself. You are paying for champange and getting tap water. There are many better colleges out there!!!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 7, 2011

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This College is a Joke This College is not a place to earn a degree. At first yeah them seem okay. But then they screw you over and take your money. The Financial Aid department is a bunch of uneducated people that have no idea what they are doing. They messed my husbands account up they sent all of his financial aid back to the government and gave themselves a refund check which was his pell grant and then sent him a $700 check that was suppose to be used for his classes. By the time they screwed all this up they he owed them over $3000 dollars for classes. We tried to let them know that they screwed up and they said they would fix it and he would have a 0 balance and be good to start classes again. So its been 6 months and they still haven't fixed it. They almost did the same thing to me but thank God I got out of that situation. This college is terrible they have poor communication and they do not know how to treat their students.I would call and leave messages and even email them to have them get in contact with me and it would take a month sometimes to be able to speak to them. Every time I would talk to someone from the college they would speak to me as if I was a child. My Finance Counselor was a very rude individual. She needs to go back to school and take a communications class and learn how to speak to a person and to treat them like a human being. The nicest person there was my Enrollment counselor Julia. She was super nice. Hmm maybe they use the nice people to get you sucked into their college of lies and scams. Maybe that is what they train there employees to be are scam artist. Every time I got a call from someone at the college it says the call is from out of California. I thought Ashford was in Iowa. Seems kind of funny to me that I am suppose to be going to a college in Iowa and receive a call from a person in California that is with Ashford. I hate this college and I can not believe I have wasted my money and life at this institute of hell. Thanks a lot for nothing Ashford University.
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Toya_student007 (In Progress) on January 7, 2011 (email verified)

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good progress with ashford i started ashford university june of 10'. i will graduate oct 11'. i saw a lot of negative reviews and talk about ashford university. i am here to say today, so far so good. i have not had any problems with financial aid, for the most part my instructors have been good. i was able to transfer in many credits which helped me a lot. for me ashford has worked out great. cant wait to graduate!
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Alady1st (Graduate) on January 5, 2011 (email verified)

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Best Experience Ever I started my BASS w/Education Concentration in Jan 2008. I finished in 8/2010 with the help of transfered credits. I would have finished sooner. However, I took two short breaks. All of Ashford staff members were very helpful to me from beginning to end including explaining the financial aid process with loans and extra helpful academically. Now it is Jan2011 and I am preparing to start the Masters Program. All in all the education is there for you to receive if you want it bad enough. Ashford is ready and willing to help anyway possible._________LPR
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 26, 2010

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A good school with good qualities I'm very impressed with the what Ashford University provides. I needed a program that was flexible enough for my schedule and still a decent value. I found it at Ashford. I also like that it is a traditional university in the sense that it has an almost 100 year history in Iowa, great sports teams...GO SAINTS!, and a respect in the mid-west.
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Landof8 (In Progress) on December 22, 2010 (email verified)

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The Truth about Ashford University Ashford University is merely a greed fed money making company. They do not care about students only the bottom line. Thats why they keep raising prices and other fees to get as much money from students as possible. I will touch on all the grading categories to show why i have ranked them where I have. MAterials: The books are scaled down versions of books written by professors at other institutions around the company. The titles will be the same as the original works but they will normally be short several chapters. This prevents you from selling them after you are done with them unless you sale them to another AU studnet. You will also have to buy books you will never use for course. I took 4 classes there. In two of the casses (the last 2) the required books were ordered in a set however I only was ever required to use the primary textbook, the other book that came with each primary text were never opened however, there was never an option to just buy the one book. The price also reflected the two books ($150 & $200) and the cost of the actually used book would have been about half of what I paid. So I paid for books i never used. These two primary books also were missinge the final 5 and 7 chapters. I know this because the glossary and index conatain references to chapters that are not in the book. One communicatons book was right at 300 pages and when I looked up the book on amazon the actuall book had 700 pages. Teacher: hmm... Bridgepoint education execs create the curriculum in all the classes and the "teachers" are merely forum moderators. In the 4 classes I took I never received one correspondace that wasn't a canned email or unsolicited. Each week you are required to address a question and post a written response in a classroom forum, then within a few days respond to 2 or 3 of your classmates. All the teachers do is respond to 2 or 3 people per assignment. I got the majority of the credit for my work but never had any interaction with the teachers about my work or why credit was given or not given. The teachers have guidelines on how to grade work and are bound by those guidelines. If a student posts their work they will recieve credit for it. They have no control over the class. In one class I answered one question with the exact answer from the text and got it wrong. I wrote the teacher to see why I got it wrong and included the page for where I got the answer. The response was that the quizes are programmed with the appropriate answer and that he had no control over the quizes. If I thought it was graded inproperly I had to send in a grade appeal to the company. Also the teachers sometimes don't even know what is in the text. I asked if he thought my answer was correct and he was not authorized to debate correct or incorrect answers. One was unemployed until halfway through the course when they sent out an email saying they were happy because they finally found a regular job. ??? WTF??? The classes were full of illiterate people that could not write in proper English. I would say the average was about %50 at least. There were assignments that were supposed to be 150 to 200 words and only about 5 out of 30 got to this amount. Most were 30 to 60 words. There would be posts that would be 15 - 20 sentences, about several topics so they should have been in seperate paragraphs but, they would just be one long paragraph of run on sentences with no punctuation between them. These were students that would say they had been going there 1,2, even 3 years and cannot write in english. Institution all about the money. classes cost over $1100 and are a joke. I have taken classes at my local jr. college that cost less than $100 and are 20 times the quality. BPI employs over 5000 employees 3500 of which are telemarketers (enrolment advisors) Support is OK. Value save over $900 and go to a JR college if you can where the classes are of a far better value. My 11 year old sister could pass these classes. Its online so I guess technology wise they are good. I would tell anyone thinking of going there to not go!!!
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Jyoung1va (Graduate) on December 10, 2010

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A very valuable learning experience, and worth it! I started Ashford in 2009 after I withdrew from an MBA program at another online university that did not give me the support I needed. What I found at Ashford was that the courses are divided into six weeks, and there is a certain value for each week's work, which keeps you working, and aware of deadlines, which is of real value in today's business world. Each course culminates, typically, with an assignment that pulls in all the learning of that course and ascertains that the student really does understand what the course has taught them. The coursework was challenging, and even though the school has no official thesis requirements, as my last assignment for my Information Systems specialization, I had to write a strategic plan for an IT project. As the assignment was laid out, it ended up being a total of over 50 pages at completion, but not only incorporated my IT courses, but actually finance, operations, marketing, and legal aspects as well. It was a great review, and underscored the learning I achieved in my program as a whole. I am now done with this program, and can call myself an MBA, and am proud to recommend Ashford's MBA program to others. There was only one problem I ever had with Ashford, and that is that their financial aid representatives are not very good at communicating with students, and at one point my financial aid did get fouled up and was late. Knowing that this might be the case, when I did not get a response from my Financial Aid rep, I contacted the main office and got the information I needed. It all worked out. I got all my loans and was able to complete my program. All in all, I would say the school was worth my time and money, and will make a positive difference in my employability in the future.
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Nlshawley (In Progress) on December 9, 2010

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Excellent school at a FAIR price! First off Ashford University is a physical college based out of Clinton, Iowa. Just like any other college you have to pay for your books, and you may be qualified for Student Loans and/or grants. If not, your Financial Advisor will discuss this with you. If you are approved for a student loan you will not be required to pay back this loan until 6 months post grad. If you receive grants, you are not required to pay those back. Some students may received an overpayment check which can be used towards your electric bill, books, and/or internet fees. No college, University, or business school comes without fees; if they do then they are not a true school. I am a third year Social and Criminal Justice student at Ashford along with my husband. We have had a wonderful experience with our school, and it hurts me to hear people say negative things about it. Penn State University Online Courses cost around $80,000...and that is just for an Associates Degree; a Bachelors Degree at Ashford is only $46,000; I will let you do the math. If you have a problem with the school, the only fault lies in your belligerence in handling the situation.
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Tericollins2010 (In Progress) on December 6, 2010 (email verified)

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Ashford U I decided to take on line classes to finish my BA after completing my AA at a community college. It was winter, I was unemployed, and I had a 7 month old. It was an excellent decision! I warn anyone who is looking for financial aid checks or someone to hold your hand that this is not the school for you. If you are a self starter, someone who isn't afraid to look things up, or someone who enjoys learning on your own, this is a great school. The curriculum is pretty cut and dried - every week is the same, the expectations are set out for you and if you do not succeed, you have only yourself to blame. I have 6 classes left to complete my B.A. and I am so happy I made this decision.
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Mstoriva (In Progress) on December 6, 2010 (email verified)

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Loving Ashford! Honestly I think Ashford is the best online program. I had tried Kaplan once before and had a horrible experience with the instructors not answering emails or helping you with assignments, not even the advisors were available when you needed them. At Ashford I have had the easiest time getting a hold of somebody if I need them. Instructors normally reply without 24 hours, although some obviously don't like their job and take a little longer to respond. The materials and books are good and can be bought much cheaper through half.com or ebay. I have had to wait a few days to hear from financial aid, but they always answer my question without leaving me still wondering. I have been with Ashford for about 6 months know and I truly believe this school is right for me and that I will graduate successfully with my BA and I recommend them to anyone who asks. I even got my friend from another school to transfer, she loves it also!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 5, 2010

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Be Very Carefull I advice any student to be very careful at Ashford. If you have taken out student loans then dropped a class ,check with your loan company to make sure it was returned. Ashford has the right to turn the money over to you or the loan company. This is their decision, my loan company sent me a note saying that they are in charge of said money but they do not have the right to hold onto it until they feel the money has drawn enough money for them, maybe you will get lucky and it is returned. Please check with your loan company. I am on day 65 and my loan has neither been repaid or returned to me. I dropped my class on Sept the 29th. I had to ask four differen6t people to help me, no one seemed to know how a student drops a class. I received a e mail saying my money had been returned to the loan company. I called it hadn’t. Now I am scared about the other loans that I had and if they have been cancelled or returned. Just be very careful.
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Herman.ashford (In Progress) on November 25, 2010 (email verified)

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Great experience I am taking one online class and an on-campus class at a traditional university. Sometimes I think of the differences of the two learning experiences and which one I learn more from. By taking an online class at Ashford it forces me to read more and then apply that knowledge to writing APA professinal papers, therefore more knowledge sticks in my head. I have learned to write effecively and professionally through the material at Ashford. The traditional university is a great experience as well, but it is terribly longer than I prefer. In comparison, I retained about the same about of knowledge from both schools, but in a shorter amount of time with Ashford. Great Institution.
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Natashampayne (In Progress) on November 23, 2010 (email verified)

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Great School The only complaint I have about Ashford is that my student advisors are constantly changed. However, as far as my degree goes I am beyond satisfied with my progress at Ashford. Ashford's curriculum challenges students to become better at both critical thinking and communication. I am not a test taker so the fact that the majority of my grade is based on my writing ability is a lifesaver for me in completing my degree. I am not saying at Ashford students do not take tests because we take tests four out of five weeks in a class. However, the test average is only 10% of the grade so most of the final grade is calculated based on the quality of discussion postings and papers. I can understand someone not liking the Ashford curriculum if they are not comfortable writing. However, the professors and staff are encouring and often send extra materials in the class to help students overcome deficiencies in submitting written work. I would recommend this school for any adult learner who needs to enhance skills in critical thinking and communication to advance one's career. As far as college degrees go, you get what you pay for. Sure Ashford may be a for profit school, but you are paying to receive an education that better prepares you for your career. Ashford is a certified Quality Matters institution. This is a real school with a real campus in Clinton, Iowa. The school is regionally accredited and constantly seeking new accredations that will aid graduates. The soccer team just advanced to the nationals. Ashford's status as a reputable college is undeniable when evaluating online education.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 22, 2010 (email verified)

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Great school This is a great university to attend. The education I will have recieved here after I graduate rivals any other university in the country. I have attended 2 other schools, one was private and one was state supported.Ashford University has afforded me a great education. Some people have complained about the cost for the books, but I have had books at other schools that were alot more.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on November 17, 2010 (email verified)

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no challenge, no instructors I graduated with their Masters in Teaching and Learning with Technology and to tell you the truth its not worth much. I understand that online instruction is supposed to be more self learning than anything else, but D#*M. Most of the time you couldn't find any one to help with problems. The most used phrase in the instructors use is "you'll have to contact your student adviser about that", when they answer you at all. Get this! After completing the courses, I took some of my research papers that I had written to another university to prepare for more education. they laughed at me and said the papers were written by a junior high student. if grading the papers, they would have given me an F. The instructors at Ashford gave me A's. Makes me wonder if Junior high student are grading the papers. I am very disappointed with the quality of education I received for the money I spent.
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Marjimeisner (In Progress) on November 17, 2010

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Ashford I am in my 4th class at Ashford. In many ways it is a great school, however like any college it has its drawbacks. The biggest issue is that currently Ashford is in the process of redesigning many courses. As a result there is some confusion among the instructors. As they were not aware of changes. I am not sure why or how this occurs as the information on the redesign is all there. Once instructors are made aware all is adjusted and the flow is fine. I am enjoying the classes. If you are not self-motivated and able to learn independently I would not recommend this school, as many people really struggle when they are not able to learn independently. For me it works so far. Advisors have been responsive, for the most part. I really cannot say anything negative.
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Lauren71405 (In Progress) on November 16, 2010

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Love Ashford I truly love Ashford. I am into my third year and really do not have any complaints. I feel that I am learning a lot and my classes are all online. Ashford is regionally accredited by all the right people and this is what matters. I love this school and look forward to graduating with them.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 15, 2010 (email verified)

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Awesome school! I have been at Ashford for a little over a year now, transferring from University of Phoenix. Ashford accepted every one of my 33 credits from UoP with no questions asked. I have had nothing but a good experience here. For the first poster up there, Lakisha... financial aid is not meant to put you in a "better financial situation". It is to cover your school related expenses ONLY. Anything extra you should be thankful for. Ashford is very clear about their financial aid process. 30% sent to you once you complete 7 weeks into that set of courses and the other 70% once you have completed 14 weeks. Planning ahead is the key and it isn't their fault if you fail to do so. Their classes are far more challenging than UoP's ever were. APA format is not that difficult and the instructors are not there to teach it to you. This is why they have handbooks for you. It is not really that hard to make sure your margins are the right distance, your pages are double spaced and your references are cited properly. You can always send in your assignment before it is due and ask for help with APA without it being graded. College is not easy and they are not going to babysit you. I have had nothing but a positive experience at Ashford and I realized just how much getting 33 credits at UoP DIDN'T teach me. I recommend this school to anyone who has a drive to succeed.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on November 12, 2010 (email verified)

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Psych at Ashford I have just completed my Bachelor's at Ashford and have really enjoyed this school. I researched many other colleges/universities online, and Ashford worked the best for me. One thing I really liked about it is that I was not put into any "groups"- for some assignments at other schools, they put you into groups and make everyone work together. This left me waiting until midnight sometimes for my other group members to post/email their work to the rest of the group. I hate relying on others for my overall grade on an assignment; especially since all contact with them is through email only. I had completed my Associate's somewhere else and had to do group work in some courses, so eliminating that aspect was a huge benefit. Also, the courses were really interesting, and I actually learned a ton- all of which I utilize in my career. One thing about most online courses is that not everyone is at the same intellect level. You definitely can see that clearly when their work is all posted online for all to see. That was a bit disappointing at times, but no biggie. Overall, it was great and definitely worth going.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on November 11, 2010 (email verified)

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Grow up As a graduate of both the BA in Business Administration and MA in Organizational Management programs I can honestly say that I am overall satisfied with my experience as a student at AU. What I don't understand however is the barrage of negative comments by reviewers who must live in la-la land because the issues you encounter at AU are no different than any other college or university you attend; ground or online. We are all adult learners so please review the following before making a decision about taking courses online with AU or any school for that matter: 1. If you need your hand held or need to be coddled like a child then don't go to an online school period. There is no such thing as getting your way with the snap of your fingers. 2. If you can't invest time in yourself to take on learning new things independently then don't go to an online school. I had to learn the finer points of the APA format through researching on my own time. 3. If you are coming to school because you want financial aid checks, then please do us all a favor and don't bother coming. You should be here for an education not extra money. If you can't afford books out of pocket then consider going to a school where books are included in tuition. When I got my AA, I had no extra money for books so I went to AIU where books were included. Did I spend way more for my AA? Yes but my goal was getting a degree not getting a check. 4. Don't sign on the dotted line or e-sign until you read and understand what you are getting yourself into. Ignorance is not bliss and you can't blame anyone but yourself if you jump into something you are not ready tackle. Even though you don't see the costs immediately, you are paying probably at least $1,000 PER COURSE. It is a great investment if you are ready to complete your degree but it is also unnecessary debt if you are not committed to the decision. I encourage everyone to finish school and get a college degree, it is a great feeling once you have achieved your goal. Just be realistic and be smart about your choices.
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Cruzinup (In Progress) on November 10, 2010 (email verified)

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Wonderful Experience I spent a year researching online universities. I found Ashford to be everything they claimed to be. I have been at Ashford for 18 months; have a 4.0, and have one class left to receive my BA in Psych with a minor in Criminal Justice. The support, the teachers, and the curriculum have been top notch. The only complaint is the incomplete sentence structure, lack of following instructions, and low I.Q. I encountered from other students in the discussion forums. However, this too has been beneficial … for now I see the relevance in the GRE (graduate requirement exam) for admission into a graduate program (it will weed the men from the boys – so to speak!). I will be done at Ashford Jan. of 2011 and will actually miss everything about it. I can only hope to be as lucky as I search for a MA program in forensic psychology. If Ashford offered it I would not leave!! Stay focused on your studies, and enjoy your time at Ashford – they will treat you right!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 3, 2010 (email verified)

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Great Oppurtunity for working Moms I am currently in my 3rd class at Ashford. I take my courses online because I work full-time and am a mother & wife. I didn't have time to attend a classroom setting college. I find the classes challenging yet manageable. I am learning a lot so far. The staff seems willing to help whenever I needed them. I have had a few issues with them not returning calls when I want them to, but they have always gotten back to me by the next day. I would highly reccomend Ashford. I have had a very good experience so far. Can't wait to walk accross that stage. I will be flying to Iowa to graduate when my time comes.
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Annbentley (Graduate) on October 31, 2010 (email verified)

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I Loved Ashford I think Ashford is a great college. I am graduating with my BA in Business Administration and will soon begin my MA in Teaching with Technology. I have had a great experience. The financial aid department needs to get a better grip but other than that I have no major complaints. It is just like any other university you get some Profs that are wonderful others not so much. Online is very hard, you have to be really determined to succeed at it. I think that the people who trashed the University were jut not cut out to do it. As far as cost, hay all school charge a ton of money for you education. Ashford gets an A from me!
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Evamarie (In Progress) on October 30, 2010 (email verified)

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Please consider Ashford I personally found the classes to be easy; however, I attended private primary schools and completed my secondary education at two college preparatory schools; so I was well-prepared for college-level work. For personal reasons, I never completed my college degree, but I did attend various junior colleges. At 41, I returned to school. I am now 43 and I graduate in 50 days. I believe my educational experiences have afforded me a different perspective from most people. I consider Ashford's curriculum to be on par with most “traditional” universities. I have done the research and read numerous reviews. For the record – “Ashford University is a regionally accredited institution and their credits transfer to other regionally accredited institutions. They are recognized by the Higher Learning Commission which is a member of the North Central Association of colleges and schools” (watsonlisa15, 2009, August 10). Furthermore, “This university has received Quality Matters(TM) Recognition for two years in a row--which acknowledges Ashford's commitment in assuring its courses are based on rigorous, research-based standards” (watsonlisa15, 2009, August 10). This is all verifiable. It is not just an “online school” – it has a real campus folks. In fact, as a previous reviewer also noted, President Obama delivered a speech at its campus when he was still a senator. You can read about it here: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/13/us/politics/13obama.html. You can get financial aid – it’s called Stafford loans. I have invested thousands into obtaining my degree – but it’s far less than I would have paid at U.T., Austin, I can promise you. Do I have to pay it back? Of course I do. Higher education is not free. I empathize with anyone who experienced difficulties during the financial aid process. However, please remember that like every major purchase you make in life, you must do the research and educate yourself. Do not rely solely on others to guide you every step of the way. Like the saying goes, “You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink.” People must be responsible for their own decisions and actions. There are plenty of resources to educate you in the financial aid process. I started here: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ I hope it will offer perspective students additional “food for thought” about Ashford University while deciding on which school to attend. Please research all the facts on a school before you make your selection – whether it’s this school or another – just do your “homework” before walking on campus or signing-on for the first time. As someone with a 3.95 major GPA, and a 3.97 cumulative undergraduate GPA, I have received exactly what I put into it – a solid education. Like the other reviewer, I too will proudly accept my BBA degree from Ashford University. They offer a decent education at an affordable price. I wish all of you the best in your future endeavors. Eva Marie
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 30, 2010 (email verified)

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Kids.... It seems 99% of the reviews are posted by angry little kids who were spoon fed for the past 20 years. I am former ARMY and currently contracting in Afghanistan, so my options for schooling are pretty limited. I have taken five classes so far, and have since doubled my course load (6 credits every 5 weeks). If you are military/former military books are free and tuition is discounted. This is an affordable option for myself and other vets, and on that note I cannot speak about the financial aid department that seems to be the number one complaint here. Almost all of my science/math classes transferred over, as well as some military education courses. It seems everyone here cries about not having there hand held at all times. All I can say to that is good luck in life, maybe get mummy and daddy to work through your issues for the rest of your life. It is an accelerated program which works for me. I had 70+ credits from a brick and mortar school, and there is little difference between sitting in a desk and staring at the wall or sitting in my hooch and staring at my lap top. I think the classes are easy at Ashford, and felt all of my science and math classes I completed before were easy as well. You get the syllabus, you do the work, suck it up, drive on. Yes, the enrollment advisors try their hardest to get you into school. Does that mean you cannot do the slightest bit of research on your own? Absolutely not, but I know how hard www.tryasearchengine.com can be to use. My financial advisor is quick to respond and post my information through VA so I get reimbursed for my classes. My academic advisor responds to my emails within hours - I write a message in Afghan and get a response the next day (same day for her). Issues with the cost of tuition? Research other schools... all expensive. A college degree is not cheap. Join the ARMY, see the world, get a college degree. For half of the people ranting on this board, it would probably do you some good. Will this degree help me on the outside? I do not know. But I imagine having a degree and at least showing my future employer I have the motivation to better myself and work for things will get me somewhere. The caliber of student? Yes, there seems to be quite a few people who struggle to write a halfway decent sentence, let alone put a thought down on BlackBoard. Is it the same sitting in a lecture hall? Yes. Is it the same in life? Yes. I am satisfied with Ashford, and honestly have no complaints. I could cry about the delivery of my books and the fact I have not received them yet, but I am in Afghanistan after all. Once I post this I will jump on USPS and post some angry hate mail for them. You can't be miserable all of your life young buck!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 28, 2010 (email verified)

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Quit Whining!! Some reviews list a degree from Ashford as being a joke: My employer gives incentive raises for having a college education from an accredited institution. They could care less which one, they just want to see the transcript from an accredited school. My student advisor calls me every month to see how my classes are going. I have had one problem with an instructor at Ashford which was correctly immediately by the staff. I received several apologies for the mishap. I have completed a year with Ashford and plan on another 3 wonderful years in search of my bachelors. There is no one perfect school. They all have bad reviews posted. The school will give you what you put in it. Period.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on October 28, 2010 (email verified)

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Thumbs up for Ashford! I graduated September 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management maintaining a GPA of 3.97. As a full time working adult (in my mid 40’s) with three children, I tried to complete my degree for the past 15 years at a traditional college campus and even a competitor’s online program. Ashford made my educational goals come true but it took a lot of hard work, perseverance and time management. I completed 25 courses at Ashford, which equals approximately 60 percent of the required credits to graduate and I give my educational experience an A+ rating. Do not think for one minute that Ashford is a diploma mill or you can coast through the assignments and get a good grade. Classroom postings, replies, assignments, tests, and the two or more papers that are required for most classes quickly separate those who are serious about learning and those who are not. Traditional 15-week courses are compressed into five weeks so there is very little time to mess around or you will quickly fall behind. To maintain my GPA required many sacrifices and without the support of my family, vacation days from my employer and Ashford adjusting my course schedule, I could not have succeeded. As with any learning endeavor, you will only get out what you put in and all the instructors at Ashford recognize those who put forth the sincere effort. In closing, I found myself more motivated at Ashford than any of the previous educational institutions I attended. My fellow classmate’s discussions and instructor’s real world experiences provided a modern ‘virtual’ learning atmosphere for our rapidly changing times. All said and done, I have learned how to apply many of my newly learned skills but what I did not expect is the compelling force to continue life-long learning!
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Quentinjackson2 (Graduate) on October 27, 2010 (email verified)

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Ashford University Great Educational Choice I am a member of the class of 2010 at Ashford University and take great pride in my educational experience there. I attended the graduation ceremony on campus and was wowed with the way that each Professor and staff member made the students feel at home. My degree in Social and Criminal Justice allowed me to tie several components of my prior education and work experience together in addition to providing valuable insights to new techniques and concepts in Social and Criminal Justice issues. As an Honors graduate (3.92) and Alumni of Ashford, I take great pride and care of the traditions of the school and will say proudly that I am a "Saint" for life. Education requires work, dedication and dilligence and online education is not for everyone. As a Director of Personnel Mgmt, I view a degree as a calling card as I want to examine the individual skill set needed to get the job done. Ashford University provides a sound vehicle for success, however the individual student must provide the fuel and drive to achieve their goal(s). I am currently six classes shy of completing my Masters in Organization Management with an emphasis on Leadership with Ashford and have been accepted to several schools to pursue a Doctorial degree afterward. Ashford University is a great choice for your education.
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Azetans (In Progress) on October 26, 2010

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Terrible Financial Aid Office If you qualify for financial aid DO NOT go to this school. Their financial aid office is inept, at best. If you are not using financial aid then I highly recommend it. Other than the financial aid nightmare, I was very happy.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 26, 2010 (email verified)

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Ashford is decent AU does not pretend to be something that it is not. It is a run-of-the-mill university offering an average distance learning experience. Some of the negative reviews I read through were accurate, and others were posted by people that obviously blindly enrolled without taking the time to do any research. A justified complaint would be that it seems like anyone can get into the school and you will see posts by some students that are grammatically atrocious. An unjustified complaint would be that the school is too expensive and has some miscellaneous fees. There have been times that I could not believe what I was reading when reviewing a post by another student. One time in particular I almost quit and emailed the President of the school, especially after the instructor of the class praised the student whom made the post I found so objectionable. I was so outraged, even offended, that this person stood a chance of graduating with the same degree as me. In the end, I neither quit Ashford nor emailed the Dean because it would not have done any good. Ashford is not helping that student improve, and it will show in future job interviews. That was no reason for me to deprive myself of an education, or even slow my progress as I looked for another school that may be exactly the same. As for the unjustified complaint I referenced in regard to the cost of attending AU, OPEN YOUR EYES. There has not been a single charge that has caught me by surprise because I knew what was coming. In fact, a Google search of "Ashford University tution and fees" just netted me a page on the Ashford website that details EVERY fee. If this simple research is too difficult for a prospective student to accomplish, maybe they should wait before considering a college education. AU is not a Tier 1 school, and does not advertise as such. Some of the content in the early weeks and months can be remarkably simple, but it does get increasingly difficult as classes progress. I admit it, outside of writing Research Papers, nothing has challenged me academically to this point. If you are looking to sit through countless lectures, be assigned homework that routinely requires burning the midnight oil to complete, and think you are capable of writing a thesis that will someday be a published work, then no, Ashford is not for you. If you are more of a realist and acknowledge that the average holder of a four year degree is a regular Joe that has a piece of paper saying they committed to attending a few classes, then Ashford is no better or worse than all the other schools offering a nearly identical experience. Best of luck
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Akamaikids (Graduate) on October 25, 2010 (email verified)

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MA Teaching & Learning with Technology I completed my Masters degree with little trouble. The information I learned was valuable and helpful in my field of education. Online learning takes dedication and perseverance (you have got to want to learn the material). There is no babysitter to make sure you learn the material, being proactive is definetly a requirement. I would use the material as I learned it to support my own comprehension and understanding in my field of study. Like with any learning institution, you have your ups and downs with financial aid, academic advisors, and instructors.Overall I give this school an A+ and I would recommend it to others.
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Gjp1983 (In Progress) on October 19, 2010 (email verified)

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Ashford is an EXCELLENT choice! I am in the online BA degree program, Organizational Management and I have about 27 credits to go. Overall a great experience. The classes and materials are very easy to understand. I have already applied some of what I have leaerned into my current Management role at work. I feel the text books can be priced a bit better or offer discounts for students that work hard and make the Deans list which I have 6 semesters in a row while working 48 hours a week. I too have had several academic advisors, no real relationship to develope is the disconnect that has developed. I rate the school a solid nine out of ten.
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Sowing_seasons (In Progress) on October 15, 2010 (email verified)

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Decent time at Ashford I have been with Ashford for a year now completing my BA in ECE I will be done this november ( 2010) and though I have not taken as many classes as someone that started their BA at Ashford I feel like I can write an honest review. I haven't had any issues with financial support, I have never been asked for money or hassled about it. I receive notices to update loan information when need be. Advisors have been a hit or miss. I have had two for classes and they have both been great keeping in contact with me via phone and email. Financial advisor has been great as well via email. Books I usually find online cheaper. Many Ashford students use ebay to sell books so I found them at decent prices. Professors are a hit or miss as well. I had some great ones that really interacted with the class and some that seemed to just let everyone receive and A. But I got that at the other colleges I went to (non online). It really is up to you what information sinks in and what doesn't. There is a lot in squashed into 5 weeks but it is well worth it if you are trying to get done quicker.
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Hunniebearr (In Progress) on October 14, 2010 (email verified)

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Ashford is a joke in everyway Ashford University does not have the students best interest at heart. Instead they want to keep your hard earned dollars flowing through the university.My name is Lakisha, I have been a student at Ashford for 8 months, during this time I have found the teachers to be inconsistent with course material. The books to be manufactured by the school an Lacking in a lot of important information.Ashford also expects you to write research papers in the hardest format available(APA)with little guidance.If you are experienced in this format I am sure you will do ok. But if you are not skilled. I dont advise you to attend Ashford. The Instructors are not willing to elaborate on the proper technique. They rather you teach yourself.They also require different concepts of the format. Each instructor will want something unique and complicated in the assignment.To make matters worse, I was a accused of plagirism without even knowing what I plagirized. The instuctor gave me know feedback. Submitted my paper to a review board, the review gave me no feedback but told me I would be flagged in my file for plagirism and still I have not a clue what it was I plagirized because I am teaching myself the format. since I am learning on my own through A study guide Ashford themselves wrote. I am constantly confused on what each insructor wants. the worst part is they failed me for the entire course and want me to retake the calss again.As if I have cash on hand to retake classes, when I am supporting four kids. And finacial aid and loans, what a JOKE. Every dollar you get they hold on to it, an send you pennies here and there when they feel necesarry. But dont count on it improving your finacial outcome. believe me, you will barely be able to buy books and materials at the same time. They will always hold on to 80 percent and give you the student 20.I am highly disatisfied. I cant believe that this is legal. The student has no say in the matter. The board found me guilty without even giving me a chance to defend myself. I was not allowed to even rewrite my paper or given a second oppurtunity to fix a confusing problem. Now I am flagged as a plagirist and have no clue how to keep this from occuring again.I recieved no feed back, and a decision was made on my behalf without any input from me. Now I am faced with the delima of where do I go from here. Wherever I go Ashford wont be a part of it.Please think long and hard before choosing Ashford University.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on October 12, 2010

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good enough but room for improvement I have had an overall safistory experience at Ashford I just graduated in September with my B.B.A in Business Adminstration. My Accdemic Advisor was very good helpful,understandinding and she cared. The instructors were good with the exception of a couple. The only area that I think need some improvements is the financial aid department most of the advisors are clueless don't know their jobs each time you call and ask a they always a q uestion different answer to the same question and they often advoid telling you about your financial aid and how it will be disburse. overall this sxhool is good I learned alot.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on October 6, 2010 (email verified)

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finished degree I just finished my degree with Ashford and for the most part it was a good experience. I did have many issues with contact with Advisors; one plus is there is no hidden expenses. I finished my AA with Kaplan and upon graduation was given a $700 tech fee and this had to be paid before I was given my "degree" even though I had earned it. This was a hidden fee, never mentioned before completing. Now I am using grand canyon university to finish out my masters.
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Aziza.scott (Graduate) on October 5, 2010 (email verified)

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good experience I had an good experience. The only thing that I did not like was the change of advisors. I had a new advisor nearly every month. I did not feel like I made a connection to to my professor so getting recommendations for grad school is difficult. Other than that I really a positive experience and I would recommend it to others.
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Travis_rodriguez1981 (In Progress) on October 2, 2010

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Good acredited school After returning home from Iraq, I wanted to further my education. Ashford as fully accredited degrees at a fair price, with a moderate workload; what more could you ask for? You have to be dedicated and stick with it, the work has to be done.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 27, 2010 (email verified)

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If you love research papers, this is for you Well when I first was getting information on Asford a couple years ago, the Academic Advisor was really rude. I had told him that I wanted to start in the Fall of 2008, but instead he went ahead and enrolled me to start my first class a couple weeks after I talked to him and he would not withdraw me from the class. That was a big turn off from the beginning. A couple months later another advisor called and asked why I was withdrawn and let her know the situation. She apologized emensly and was super nice and so I thought I would give the University another try. My new Academic Advisor was wonderful and always checked in on me to see how I was doing. Since then I have had multiple Academic and Financial Advisors. When I had a question for my current Financial Advisor, I would not recieve an emails back. With the instructors, it would take a couple days before getting a response from them. I don't feel like I have really learned anything with all the research papers that have to be accomplished. I am a senior and have a paper done every week (3-5 pages in week 1-4 then 8-10 page paper on the last week). If you love to do research and write papers, this is the right school for you. The only thing that I do like about the school is that it is a quick pace and can get done faster.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 27, 2010 (email verified)

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Good School I have had a good experience at Ashford University (AU). I attended a community college that was one of the best in California and I'm receiving the same level of knowledge and writing in a class as I did at the community college. AU keeps building on their programs and expects more out of students than an average online university. I work hard for A’s and when I talked to my academic adviser about my grades, she stated that I'm at the top of the individuals that attend AU. Meaning not all students get A’s and even B's. Two standout points are, AU is a brick and mortar school and the accreditation is the same as schools like University of Michigan, Arizona State and University of Oklahoma. Lastly the University is very military friendly as far as books and tuition. This is a great benefit of this school being active duty and deploying multiple times.
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Lucidity1212 (In Progress) on September 21, 2010 (email verified)

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I love It I have not had any problems so far with AU. I personal have worked for a University in the past who offered both online and on campus degrees and to be honest, I do see any difference. With any institution regardless of its nature there is always the good and the bad. That you will find any where you go in any business field. As for me personally I have enjoyed my time at AU and I am due to graduate soon and can't say that I have any complaints.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 15, 2010 (email verified)

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So far so good at Ashford I have been attending Ashford for little over a month now and I see no problems thus far. My adviors are very attentive and contact me often. My instructor is very good. I enjoy my courses and dicussions with fellow classmates.. Like I said.. so far so good.. Having minor issues with the financial department but its nothing major and they are on top of things. Its a good schol overall.. People have issues with online college, mainly because they don't think its going to be as time consuming and challeging and on campus but it is. Ashford has a great online program.
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S_obie86 (In Progress) on September 14, 2010 (email verified)

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Amazing A friend of mine started at Ashford almost two years ago. Since she started, there have been a handful of our other friends that have started. Finally, I started. In the two years that friends have been attending this school, I have not heard a single bad thing about it. When it was time for me to go back to school, I did my research and decided that Ashford would be the best fit for me, too. They're cheaper than online programs through local colleges and universities. If you want a cheap education, an online program isn't for you. I'm only in my third class, but so far, everything has been great. No, you can't just sail by. If you don't do the work, you do NOT get the credit. The teachers have been welcoming of any questions one might have and they do a pretty good job of getting back to you in a timely manner. There are also TA's, who do a great job of answering questions as well. The first class, EXP 105 is, what I take to be, an intro to online college class. I've taken classes at a local college and they require the same type of class. Loans don't get disbursed until you've completed a certain number of classes, which is typical of ANY college. Also, for the first class, you are charged $75 for the course, but you are also reimbursed the $75 a few days later. When it comes to books, there are cheaper alternatives rather than buying the books directly from Ashford for a 5 week course. On Chegg, you can rent books for a few weeks and then return them. Best of all, for every book rented, they plant a tree! Also, you're not stuck with an expensive book that you don't need! The books there aren't expensive, either. There is ONE $990 technology fee that you have to pay, but every other school that I or my friends have gone to have had technology fees, even the local community college. It should most definitely be expected of any online college. The bottom line is that you only get what you put in. If you don't ask questions, you won't get answers. The staff doesn't hold your hand and lead you through everything. This is college, not elementary school. You have to do things for yourself.
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Hamiltonjessica (In Progress) on September 12, 2010 (email verified)

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i recomend this Ashford University I am getting my Bachelors of Arts in Sociology at Ashford University. I lThe instructors I love the online class.The instructors I have had have helped me so much. I agree with everything AU has to offer that i have got my sister, mother, and best friend all taking classes online with Ashford. I have not had any of the problems that some others say they have....I think they are all false.
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Ggljohnson (In Progress) on September 9, 2010 (email verified)

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You get out what you put in I have been reading a lot of the negative reviews about both the Undergrad and the graduate level classes at Ashford and before I expand on my point I must say you get out what you put into your coursework. When I enrolled in April of 2007 for my undergrad degree it had been 18 years since I went to school. Everything had changed for me. It took some getting used to but the advisor team is set up great. The enrollment advisor gets you in the door the academic advisor walks you through and the financial aid advisor answers questions. If you need to talk to an advisor all the time you do not need to be enrolled online. Save yourself the pain and enroll in a brick and mortar school so someone can hold your hand. I was into my 3rd class before my financial aid kicked in but I never got a call saying I was in default or an email. As to the cost of books yes, they are high but if you use a bit of common sense then you would know that there are dozens of ways to get textbooks online. If you are working and going to school waiting a refund check let me be the first to say you are silly. After earning my BA in 2009 and taking six months off then enrolling in Grad school I found that the classes were just as challenging. Having to write six papers per class plus discussion board posts may sound easy but if you do not digest the material you will not get it. As I said earlier you get out what you put in. When I graduate in March of 2011 it will not be because the GPA I have was handed to me or some touchy feely moment on the phone with an advisor it will be because of my hard work. If I have any complaint about my time with Ashford it is the lack of consistency about the APA writing format. My current instructor is tougher on APA than the content of the class which bothers me in that I am not taking a class on the finer points of APA but a graduate business level class. Will advisors call you a lot? Only if YOU don't hold up your end of the bargain. Is financial aid slow? Yes but you are in school to take classes not get refund checks. Are the classes challenging? Yes and no, but I can tell anyone enrolling at Ashford if you screw up in week one you will have to be perfect to get better than a C in the class. In talking to students enrolled in brick and mortar colleges they are surprised at the amount of work I have to put in such a short period of time. If Ashford was not on the up and up I can guarantee they would not have a partnership with the US Military or receive the accreditation awards they have received. More importantly, if Ashford was not on the up and up there is no way I could take the skills I have acquired in the classroom and apply them to my business with measurable results.
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Jen_a_lamb (Graduate) on September 7, 2010 (email verified)

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Great school!!!!!! I finished my BAOM with Ashford January 2010. I will finish my MATLT with Ashford November 29, 2010. I am so thrilled that I completed my degrees with Ashford. Yes, there are some professors who are lazy and do not participate or want to see you succeed as a student, but there are so many who believe in their students and want to see them succeed by making them reach for their full potentials. I thought it was an overall great experience. I would give it a rating of 10 if I knew the review would be published...
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 6, 2010 (email verified)

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Good education, Hard course work Ashford has been a great experience for me so far. I am only seven classes away from graduating with a BA in Human Resource Management. I have never had a problem with my counselors; if I needed information they call me back in a timely manner. I to read all of the angry post about Ashford and saw, the only thing people where upset about are the technology fee and financial aid. (Cheep books: Amazon, I have never bought a book from Ashford directly, not even the one they claim is custom for the class) Having attended state junior colleges, I can tell you that all schools have problems with financial aid and they too have their own special fees. Anyone who wants a true hard earned education then this is the school for you. One more note on Books, you can always look up the class book weeks before the class starts and buy the book from other web site that is how my $125 Ashford “custom” books becomes $15. Always used and always a month before the class starts.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 2, 2010 (email verified)

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Way too stressful Financial aide is hard to get a hold of, and very rude, if you get the wrong person on the line. There are some really good professors there though, if you can handle the financial aide stress, and very expensive "custom" edition books.
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Catcrazy72 (In Progress) on September 2, 2010

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Excellent Review Ashford is awesome and I love going to school online and this school is great if you are a serious student and want to take classes you can take and use in the real world. I have had great teachers and there is a mix of people who are into school and there are others who are just floating through. I think some of the people who complained about Ashford in their posts did not make the most of their time here. I love going to school here and once I finished my Communications program I want to continue my studies and get a second degree. I am not ready to commit to a masters but this is a great school for people who are intellectual. You have five weeks to get through one class that would take longer at other schools. What else can I say but Ashford has given me the edge that will help me out in the real world. I have made friends in class that I will keep in touch with after I graduate. How cool is it to get references from teachers that you had your third class with? Bye Sue
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 2, 2010 (email verified)

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DO NOT GO HERE SCAM. SCAM. SCAM. SCAM. SCAM. SCAM. SCAM. SCAM. SCAM. SCAM. I have had nothing but trouble since day 1. I should have dropped out before my first course but I decided to overlook the first problem. Now I am up to 3 lies I have been told. They are refusing to disburse MY student loan money that is in MY name. I have no idea who my lender is, the college tells me they are giving me a receipt to show proof of my loan paying my class but now they are telling me there is no receipt. I can't get tuition reimbursement from work until the school generates a receipt for me. I am livid with this college. They financial advisor assigned to me doesn't call or email me back. I am dropping this class I am in now before I can't get my money back and before I am charged the technology fee. I am done with this place. The course material for the first class was $75. NOT WORTH IT. The class was EXP105. The material was published without being proofread. There are so many mistakes with spelling and run on sentences. I can go on and on and on. JUST DON'T ATTEND THIS COLLEGE! IT'S A SCAM!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 1, 2010 (email verified)

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Jump ship now! If you are thinking of doing the MBA program at Ashford because 1)requires no GMAT 2)you think it's cheap, think again! I highly recommend that you look into other online programs, and one of my favorites is the Florida International Online-MBA program, not only will you be at a better school but it is AACSB! Get that AACSB with no GMAT required as long as you have work experience. So if your already enrolled in the MBA program at Ashford, here's what you should do, STOP now! The program here is a joke, I was getting A's without owning the textbooks! I am so glad I transferred out! Not only have I enrolled myself in a better MBA program but I am truly learning something!
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Nperkins36 (In Progress) on August 28, 2010

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Dishonested School This school has a great sales pitch to get you into the school but do not tell you the fine prints. The enrollment counslers gave me false information and I was very upset the didn't tell you you had to maintain a C average they did not tell you that the classes fee change and you have to take an additional loan to pay for classes when you have pell grants and student loans avaliable. Financial Aid sucks also you pay for classes. Listen very carefully to salea pitch. I got SCAMMED!!!!Hate the School!!!!
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Relentless_me23 (In Progress) on August 24, 2010 (email verified)

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Love it here! I graduate next year with Ashford and I am so excited to say that! I may be staying longer and working on another degree but for now I have to say I am really pleased with their school. It targets military families a lot and I am just though, a stay at home mom and Army wife so I do travel a lot as well as stay home a lot raising my family. I previously had enrolled with AIU and QUICKLY realized that would have been the biggest mistake ever, such a scam. With this college I can do classwork from anywhere, and get a hold of people at almost any time. I never have to wait long and I get email replies no later than 2 days after I sent my initial one. I have heard that it doesn't challenge you enough but I feel like Ashford's main focus is understanding people have lives outside of college and their best advantage is giving you the freedom and time to discipline yourself and get your work taken care of. I feel any online college is more of a disciplinary thing though because you aren't required to go to class in person every single day. The help you get form Ashford is AWESOME!!! I have had to stop and start classes so many times because of our crazy life that you would think they would just drop me already but instead they email regularly and give me calls making sure I am ready to continue on again and they applaud me for slowing down when I need to and getting on with it when it is most convenient for me. I really think Ashford University is one of those colleges that will maintain a good price and always be available for help. Kind of like Southwest Airlines... lol! I wish I had the extra cash to buy an Ashford hoody!!!!!
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Dkase (Graduate) on August 24, 2010 (email verified)

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Would recommend Ashford to anyone!!!! I wrote another review but wanted to add information about this particular major. I just graduated with my BA in Early Childhood Ed. from Ashford! I am currently applying everything I learned in a large (250 children) Child Development Center as an Assistant Director. I am really prepared to run this large center and use the knowledge to help the teachers effectively run their classrooms. Ashford is a great school with many professors that want to prepare you for success. I especially found support from the Early Childhood professors. The support, guidance and knowledge I gained from Ashford was excellent. I would recommend the school to anyone!
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Bwflorance (In Progress) on August 22, 2010 (email verified)

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Great School but..... I loved going to this school, but could not afford the books. I got both financial aid and loans to go here but yet neither covered the cost of my books. I didn't understand this. But either way I had to drop out after receiving 24 credit hours because I just could not afford the books :( So I am on the look for a better university. But have yet to find one. I wish anyone the best of luck going to this school. It is very easy and you learn alot but the books are pricey.
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MandoG64 (In Progress) on August 19, 2010 (email verified)

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Ashford Organizational Managment degree program I am currently finishing my degree in Organizational Management. I have been a manager and supervisor for over six years, and the theories and concepts I have been studying over the past year have been extremely helpful. I was able to put my education to work immediately. I have been very pleased with Ashford overall. The only negative would be my particular circumstance of having my academic advisor changed four times in one year. Other than that, the support has been outstanding. Course content is very good, especially if you are willing to engage with the instructor and your fellow classmates. Ashford was a very good fit for me. Highly recommend. Armando.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 18, 2010

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- Ashford is the absolute worse. This school has "psychics" working for them. When i say "psychics" i mean fools that think they know what is going on with you and your family situation.Im a senior at ashford and basically my financial aid officer didn't do his job, and he was terminated leaving my file unexplained. They didn't allow for my grade to post even after they said they would for my payment arrangements to continue on. They told me to take 6months off and do someother things. then when i am finish i should come back....who tells someone that, then another person told me she didn't think i was "intelligent" enough to do what we had agreed upon for my senior year. This school has the worst counselors in the world...law suit is in place...
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 18, 2010 (email verified)

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Just like a traditional school I just sat here and read all of these reviews. The people that are complaining obviously have never attended a traditional college. I have and quit (USC). A friend of mine stayed and completed his degree; he had a 2.9 GPA, would that be considered BUYING a degree? He obviously did nothing, he admits to learning NOTHING! College is designed to be self paced, professors give lectures that no one listens to and the student still must read the textbook; no professors ever made me read or complete my assignments. Ashford is the same. Yes, there is less class participation, but if you never go to class (like my friend and me) there is NO class participation! So what if some are getting A’s for doing less work; if you are happy with getting an A for doing less work you need to reevaluate why you are in college. I am here to learn; if I would have done that at USC I wouldn’t have quit. Ashford is just like any other university; spend your time in one and you too will see. If you do your work any college is easy. Basic sentence structure isn’t taught in college, it is taught in grade school; you are expected to know it when you get to college. If you don’t LEARN IT, that’s why you are here.
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Helena (Graduate) on August 17, 2010 (email verified)

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Just graduated. I just graduated with my BA in communications. I have a 4.0 GPA and just enrolled in their MA program for Organizational management global specialization. I could not have been happier with this school. I'm a writer so the papers were a breeze. I enjoyed 8/10 teachers, and transferred over 90 credits. I graduated within one year, and without a single math credit on my list. I highly Recommend this school, and the online program. For a really wonderful advisor, ask for Mike Van Orden. He's a comic con Marvel comic artist!
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Quentin.jackson (Graduate) on August 17, 2010 (email verified)

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Outstanding school As a member of Ashford University's class of 2010, I found my experience to be outstanding. All facets of the program from enrollment to FA and being an alumnus continues to be excellent. Education is what you make of it and if the individual student is willing to be dilligent, connect with the professors and their classmates they will feel the same as being in a tradition brick and mortal school. I thank Ashford U. and their staff for propelling my career goals and aspirations. BA. Social and Criminal Justice w/ Distinction Go Saints
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 17, 2010

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It Is What It Is I have attended Ashford for two years and have a year to go. I did extensive research online before choosing an online college. Ashford, at the time, was the cheapest. So far I have not had any problem with financial aid or anything else. They email me to remind to fill out my FAFSA and let me know of all other documents I need. I get it in on time and have never had a problem. The classes are challenging and if you read and do your assignments you will learn a lot. If you do not read and just copy and paste assignments and papers you will not learn anything and really do not deserve the degree. You do pay for the convenience of getting a degree online, but I live 40 minutes away from the nearest college and drove back and forth for two years. I enjoy having the flexibility of doing it online. The classes are equivalent and some better than what I took at the local college. Overall it is a good school.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 16, 2010 (email verified)

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Research Ashford! Yes, Ashford is being investigated by the Dept. of Education. No, the charges do not amount to scamming the students!!! Ashford is a fine University here in my hometown. They just received an IACBE accreditation in the same month that they were investigated. Why would the IACBE give accreditation if there were serious charges to be levied against the institution? My fellow students and I have had zero problems. I wish all of the students who don't have complaints would get on these blogs so the sour-grapes crowd would realize that they are in a serious minority.
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Jnjpatches (In Progress) on August 13, 2010 (email verified)

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Stay away!! Stay clear of this college! Do your research! They are under investigation by the OIG. Look it up, or do better and call the Department of Education in Kansas City.. I am currently transferring to another college and have many people in the same boat as I am, including my husband who is a veteran and had to wait nearly nine months for Ashford to disburse his finanical aid because they kept losing his information. I have been going to college here for over two years and in the past year this school has gone down hill. There are a few good helpful people but they are very few and far between.. We had to threaten to get our money disbursed to us. This is money that is due to us. We owed the college nothing. Not sure if this will be the case when my husband and I start the withdraw process. Again, please do your homework and check with college locally. Online colleges are for profit, not for your benefit.
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Misskelseyw (In Progress) on August 12, 2010 (email verified)

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Attending Ashford since 2007 I have been a student at Ashford since 2007 and the only problems I have had are those with Financial Aid. I have problems with them letting me know BEFORE I owe money for a class so that I can prepare for the money I will owe. My student loans do not cover nearly enough of the funds and so I must find other means of paying. The Financial Aid is the only tough part about Ashford. I have enjoyed Ashford and feel that as I continue to attend the classes are becoming more challenging. I will graduate in 2011 with my Bachelors and I will go on to receive my Masters.... more likely from Ashford. My mother received her Masters from Ashford and my husband is graduating with his Bachelors in September. We have all had pretty good experiences. Books are pretty expensive.
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Ron.forney (In Progress) on August 12, 2010 (email verified)

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the school preys on your financial aid I attended Ashford until I wised Up This school is a joke they prey on your financial aid I am now attending a real college as soon as i told Ashford i was transferring to a real college i started flunking every other school i get straight A's Don't let there enrollment advisors fool you they get paid for you to Sign up they will tell you exactly what you want to here I hope you don't make the same mistake as me and attend this joke of a school.
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Coachorti (In Progress) on August 8, 2010 (email verified)

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Ashford is a good choice I graduated from Ashford in June 2009 with a B.A.S.S.w/ed. I had some issues with the financial aid department just prior to graduation that were eventually resolved. The emphasis I want place here is that Ashford is not much different than any other university.The issues I had with them were not much different than problems that I ran into while physically attending a Big 12 school previously. The Big 12 school issue ended with my contacting my U.S. Senator and enlisting his help. It amazed me that the problem was resloved within 24 hours after his intervention. With Ashford it was just a matter of providing documentation and perservering and threatening to contact the BBB. As far as academics go Ashford is a worthwhile school and I have no complaints with them.
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Catownsend01 (Graduate) on July 31, 2010

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Not bad at all I was very pleased with my experiences at Ashford. I just completed my Bachelors Degree in Oraganizational Management specializing in Project Management. There were times when I really wondered what I got myself into, but I had a great experience overall. My Student advisor was Awesome, and really encouraged me all the way through the program which I needed at times. As a single-parent and working adult I think this is a great option. I really enjoyed the consistency of the courses timing wise which helped me a great deal. It's not easy, but it is doable if you're motivated and stick to it.
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D-bonilla (Graduate) on July 30, 2010 (email verified)

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Diane I just graduated from Ashford University July 26, 2010. I enrolled November 2006; since I had very little credits to transfer it took me approximately 3 1/2 years to complete my degree - BA in Psychology with a Minor in Social and Criminal Justice. I can honestly say my experience with Ashford was really good and worth the effort. I only had one instructor that I didn't care for; however, all the others were great and I never had a problem reaching any of them nor did any of them ignore my attempts to contact them. Getting an education is expensive wherever you go; however, Ashford is reasonable. I never had a problem getting my textbooks on time; I also made sure I ordered them in plenty of time to get them! Getting an online education is tough and one needs to be a self starter and disciplined to succeed - Ashford helps its students every step of the way. I have read many negative comments regarding Ashford - I DO NOT have anything negative to say because I did not have any problems with instructors, textbooks, or even financial aid. All my courses at Ashford were covered by Student Loans and before the loans are allotted you DO have a chance to decline the disbersement. I am totally satisfied with the quality of education I received and would recommend this school to anyone who is serious about getting an education and can handle the demands of an online classroom - it takes discipline, dedication, and the ability to act like an adult and thoroughly research issues and ask questions.
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Jordantaft6 (In Progress) on July 26, 2010 (email verified)

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Highly Recommended! This is a great school! I am a third year student and I am getting great grades. The classes are the same as Cal-State Bakersfield for the Sociology major. Classes do make sense with your major. Classes tend to get harder as time goes on. The advanced classes that I have been taking; require three papers per 5-week courses. They aren't hard but time-consuming. Ashford is expensive, but still achievable. When the price of gas, child-care, and other expenses are considered; it's not so bad. My car was broken down for about 6 months and I was still able to attend. There are loans and grants that are available.
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Broncsbaby (Graduate) on July 26, 2010 (email verified)

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Not happy now I graduated from this school last September and after reading many other reviews, I agree with several past students. this school is not worth the money. My advisers kept changing on me as well as financial advisers. When I had questions for some of my instructors, it would take several days to get a response. As far as what I learned, I feel like I learned nothing but how to cut and paste my papers and get a 100% even after it was 2 days late. Finally, the financial side was horrible! When I was close to graduating I looked at my account and noticed I had a balance due...I called the school only to be informed that the rated had gone up and they didn't get enough money from the govt to cover them so I had to pay, which I am but not before fighting it and even telling them I would take it to the dean but it did no good so I am making the monthly payments. When I looked at my statement a few months back I saw a late fee so I called the school asking about it...turns out that when you make payment arrangements for this outstanding bill and not pay the entire thing upfront, they charge a late fee. Oh and by the way, you can find MUCH cheaper books online that you can rent. Please look around, there are far better schools, oh yeah, even people that live in Iowa have never heard of this school when I ask..hmm makes u wonder????
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Jon13_14_casey (In Progress) on July 26, 2010 (email verified)

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BEWARE!!!!!!!!!!! This school is a JOKE! I was attending Ashford's online program, and when I decided that it wasn't for me, they made it impossible for me to withdraw. My academic counselors did not answer their phone, return phone calls or e-mails. They signed me up for another class, and I just did not log into the class at all. When I did finally hear back from them, they were demanding money for the class that I never took. I also had a student loan (and Pell Grant) and they had all the rights to take more money from the loan, yet they were still coming after me for over $1,000. And now that I am ready to go back to school, they will not release my transcripts because they are still claiming this non-legit charge. Basically, Ashford has screwed me over because without my transcripts, I cannot attend school anywhere! THANK YOU ASHFORD!!!!
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Jgrabin (Graduate) on July 23, 2010 (email verified)

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Good program but a lot of work My undergraduate degree was from Penn State and in the traditional classroom setting. I was surprised by how much more work an online degree commands. I believe the reason is due to the limited interaction I had with the other students and the professors. I prefer face-to-face contact and in class room instruction but with the online degree I had to master the subject pretty much on my own. It is not impossible but it requires a lot of reading and seeking out alternate sources of information to understand the concepts being presented. The price of tuition is far less than a lot of instructions and I would not have been able to attempt or graduate with a MBA if it wasn’t for Ashford fair pricing.
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Kurtbecki (In Progress) on July 23, 2010 (email verified)

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Ashford University is an Outstanding I have attended Ashford University for the last 8 months. I am in the B.A. Organizational Management program. I obtain my AA from a junior college. I think Ashford is an outstanding institute. None of my courses have been easy nor have they been excessively difficult. I would say they have done a lot of research to match the available time to the course learning objective. I have learned a great deal about management and this degree will easily help me advance my career at Boeing. If I choose to go further my education, Ashford will be on a short list of universities I will choose from. Kurt P.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 20, 2010 (email verified)

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A little more than okay I found the classes to be fairly easy. They are strict about receiving their funds. But like any school, you can't attend unless you have the money to pay for it! Some teachers are more involved than others (as with all schools) I attend my local college as well, which supposedly is an excellent school, and I consider the material I learned there to be equal to Ashford's. Online means you pay for convenience, which of course means higher tuition and what not. I'll be graduating this year, really have no complaints. As long as you have a plan as to how you're going to pay, there should be no problem. You won't be "dropped" from your classes or what not. And as far as people complaining about the books, go to any school's bookstore and see how much the books are. Ashford DOES NOT make custom books, they only say ASHFORD UNIVERSITY on it. You can get the same book on eBay for $10.00 without ASHFORD on it and it is the same exact book for class. I have paid between $8.00 - 45.00 for my books on eBay. I don't know if I will stay for my B.A. I will be doing research on other schools, but it's a good school for your A.A.
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Mk714 (In Progress) on July 18, 2010 (email verified)

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This is a GREAT program I am currently half-way through my masters in Organizational Management at Ashford. The program is GREAT and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this university and program to anyone. The program is challenging and informative. I have already learned a lot about so many different aspects of management and leadership. I am paying for the classes myself with a loan. No one is handing me this education for nothing. I am well pleased with the education and the opportunity to finish my graduate degree while still working and keeping up with family responsibilities. In my view, the critics and naysayers about Ashford are completely wrong. I am so pleased with the format and structure of the classes and work. However, it does take time and discipline to complete the assignments. Some people in the reviews just want to whine about having to do work or do not have the self discipline to complete graduate level work. Anyone interested in completing their graduate degree, if self-motivated, would do well at this university. This is a great program!
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Mk714 (Graduate) on July 17, 2010 (email verified)

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Highly Recommend Ashford I completed a bachelors degree in Social Science and I am currently completing my masters in Organizational Management from Ashford. As a working adult, the school and education process has allowed me to continue with my career and family responsibilities while completing my course work at home and wherever my job may take me for that particular week. I have completed assignments in hotel rooms and while traveling for work. I enjoyed the classes, learned a lot from the assignments, and would highly recommend this school to anyone who would like to finish their degree. I have read some of the comments from some people and I am amazed at their difficulties. First, it takes personal discipline to complete all assignments on time. some people just are not committed enough to discipline themselves to complete online programs anywhere at any school. Second, some of the critics say it's too easy and other complain that it is too hard. I believe what may help many of these critics is for them to grow up and quit whining about everything and anything. I too paid the full tuition out of my pocket for my education. I am thankful for Ashford, their education program, and having a system that allowed me to better myself and my family through education. Third, not one university in America is perfect and flawless in every respect. Sometimes an issue or problem will arise anywhere. Nonetheless, in my opinion, Ashford is a great university for those that want to take online classes. It takes personal discipline and a commitment to want to finish. I would suggest that those that belittle Ashford, which has thousands of graduates like myself, are likely not suited for college anywhere.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 13, 2010 (email verified)

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Don't listen to these people I wanted to write a review after reading all the horrible ones about Ashford. I have had a great experience at this school. Most all of the problems you hear people writing about are financial aid and the technology fee.... These are not problems with the school rather then people not understanding what they are signing up for. I was told everything to expect right up front and it was not a big deal at all. You pay one fee at the beginning and receive endless resources on-line. The education is great and most all of the instructors have been very helpful. Also, notice that almost everyone who wrote a bad review did not last long, they are just disgruntled about their failure or misunderstanding. I would reccommend Ashford.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 9, 2010 (email verified)

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MBA Program I am currently enrolled in the MBA program. I have had a wonderful experience so far with the institution. The enrollment counselor has been wonderful, from applying to the support she provided me during my first online class. I began at Ashford in May of 2010. I feel that the education and value are well worth looking into. I have referred two of my friends to Ashford as well, and they too have had nothing but a positive experience. Before you listen to these negative posts, you should research the school yourself. For every 1 negative posting there are hundreds of satisfied students.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 9, 2010

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Please, stay away from this school! At first I was very excited to being my adult education at Ashford. Now, I am kicking myself wishing I had researched a bit more. I knew about the sales pressure. I knew about the financial complications. I knew about the technical fee. I thought to myself, "I know it is more money, I know I may not get my funds on time, but I will be able to have a full time job, and graduate in a shorter time." So, I went for it. What a joke. I am not learning anything. All of the material I am reading has been written by the Ashford faculty. I have checked out the books for the next classes and the same applies to all materials. Some of these so called teachers are very young, and have no teaching degree. In one of the books it has a word in bold, and then it gives a definition for it. Words like, "Profession, Craft, and Fictional writing." This is sad. If you don't know simple words such as these you shouldn't begin college, you should be in pre-course classes to help you prepare for regular college courses. I tested a theory. I have been skimming for the last three weeks, and completing my writing discussions in less than five minutes. My grade did not change, it remained at one-hundred percent. I'm not learning anything. The books are also filled with page fillers. Material we have covered already, and have to re-read for a second, third, and sometimes fourth time. I am so sick of repeats. If I stay at Ashford there is no way I will be able to use this information in a career field, because I will have learned nothing. Oh, and I was right about not receiving funds on time. I am still waiting... A single class costs over one thousand dollars. These are five week classes, you do the math! A course at a city college? The average runs a little under three thousand per semester. Do yourself a favor, get a part time job go to a regular school and live off grants and loans. I am convinced through my research that there is no safe, and sane online college. I'm transferring, wish me luck. I know there will be complications.
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Imaliltpot (In Progress) on July 8, 2010 (email verified)

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I Love Ashford I am just 18 days shy of completing my BA in Health Care Admin with Ashford. I have been with them since May of 2008 and I have had a wonderful experience. They accepted almost all of the credits from my previous AS program which allowed me to complete my BA more easily. I did find some classes very challenging, a lot of college papers, most professors are very detailed in their grading, but thats what makes me feel that I am getting a good solid degree that I absolutely earned! It also was costly, but being a full time mom, wife and worker, it was necessary.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 8, 2010 (email verified)

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The way school should be! I just finished and I'm waiting to receive my degree right now! Having worked my way up through the workforce into supervisory/management positions by a lot of hard work and long (salary) hours, I am glad to have earned a degree in management that allowed me to demonstrate the practical side of management in class and use it towards my degree. I did my AA degree at another institution, and it was a lot of kids right out of high school and a lot of professors trying to force their theory and personal beliefs on the students; Ashford is full of a lot of level-headed, real-world working people who recognize it as the best value for their money and are able to learn from professors who work or have worked in their areas of expertise--as well as other students who have experience in the workplace. No regrets...time to start in the Master's program!
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Maerme001 (In Progress) on July 7, 2010 (email verified)

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Just started and Love it It is funny to me that I read posts of poor reviews regarding technology fees. I have now taken part in3 online programs, and all of them have charged technology fees. I just began my education with Ashford after transferring from another online university. The program set up they have is wonderful. I really enjoy the one class at a time atmosphere, which allows me to pace my education and meet other responsiblities in my life. The advisors and teachers have been outstanding. I love the personable approach they have to their students. They even sent me an email on my birthday...this was awesome! It's they little things they do for their students...which they don't necessarily have to, but do, that make the big difference. All the negative reviews on here....I see some people have a hard time accepting responsibility for their actions. Hope they learn in the future.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 6, 2010 (email verified)

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great program Short and to the point. I am working hard and so far, everything is paying off. Some classes are harder than others, but I would say that everything is college level. I enjoy the pace of the classes as they present a challenge every week. If you're dedicated to earning your degree, Ashford is for you
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Lloyd.w.williams (Graduate) on July 5, 2010 (email verified)

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My experience at AU I attended an AU program (and finished). From my experience AU is a quality institution and offers some great programs. Here is a brief review covering most aspects of my experience. Rigor Each course requires about 5 open book quizzes, 10 discussion postings, 20 response postings, and 3 essay assignments. The assignments are graded and in most cases feedback is given using a rubric. About 40% of your grade comes from the essay assignments which demonstrates competency. Unlike most traditional schools, most essays submitted online are scanned for plagiarism. Online schools are no place to fake your education. Trust me; this is more work than was required during my first two years at a traditional college. Format The online format for learning requires a student that can crack open a book and learn. If you are the needy type, gets lost easily, needs constant feedback or moral support from a professor then online learning is not for you. From my experience, if I did have questions about what was expected of me I had no trouble getting help. Professors There were some instructors I liked a lot and others not so much. This comes with the territory and should be expected. Right now the trend for online courses is to hire instructors with a masters degree or higher in the fields they teach. Online adjuncts are also required to have real world working experience in the field. Every single professor did their job, and that includes the ones who didn’t give me an A+ Quality I chose the “organizational management” path which focuses on the people side of management, leadership, HRM, and employee behavior. I found that the content of the courses and schedule contributed to my development and career goals. As an online student you get out of it what you put into it. Administration and financing Honestly I had some trouble in this area. The admin staff made some mistakes in my enrollment, my schedules and financing. Some of which could have been prevented if I was paying attention. If you are thinking about being an online college student, I recommend knowing everything about your degree plan and financing options. Don’t just go with the flow.
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Briantwigg86 (In Progress) on July 1, 2010 (email verified)

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DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL!!! Hi, My co-worker and I were attending this school, everything sounded great when we were talking to the recruiter. I was told my work Verizon Wireless would cover most of the cost the school charges minus the books. This made me very excited to attend this online college. I ask my advisor/recruiter about any other fees, he said there was this technology fee which is $1000 that he has never had a problem waiving this fee for employees of Verizon Wireless. Well 2 months into the school they hit me with this $1000 dollar fee I can't afford to pay. I call them and they say this fee is impossible to waive, so the cut me off in the middle of my class because of non payment for the tech fee. Remember this is an online school, how bogus is a tech fee I am not even physically attending a school. Long story short I was cut from classes and now threatened to get thrown into collections. I will never attend this school and my co-worker and I will continue to demote this school to everyone we know. Please do not feed into this schools lies, make sure you do your research and deal over email instead of the phone just to leave a paper trail.
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Speakinlove (Graduate) on June 29, 2010

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Ashford has been good to me.... I am from Guam and so far....I have been very blessed. would like to make the dean's list soon so I am working very hard at it. I am in my forties have a family of 5 kids and 2 grand children. my like is busy. but because this is online. I have the flexibility of being and prioritizing my time. Every ad visor that I have interacted with has been very helpful.Thank you Ashford!! Patricia Elaine Fejeran
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RJKersey1 (In Progress) on June 23, 2010 (email verified)

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Graduating in 6 weeks I began this supposedly asynchronous program a year ago, and to date, I have not seen the value for my money. In the beginning, I put forth maximum effort and received high grades. As time went on, I put forth little effort and received high grades. I'm in classes with people who cannot grasp the basic concepts of grammar, yet they are making straight A's. I do not understand that. I am a teacher, and what I have rated as "A" level, graduate work is a joke. I have learned to use some new technological tools, but I could have taught myself to use them. If had had to go back, I would NEVER have gone here, nor will I recommend it to anyone. After battling the school over its false advertising of asynchronous classes that turned into group/cohorts, the school removed that piece from their advertising. Thankfully, I am employed and I know my subject area. I just needed an advanced degree. If I were to teach others based on what I learned at Ashford, I fear we'd all be lost.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 22, 2010

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My experience with ASU I started attending Ashford University in January with the estimated graduation date of December of 2014. I am currently taking my pre-requisites for my B.A. in Early Childhood Education. I am so far satified with the school. I had my financial aid situation already set up from a previous school so all I had to do is add the Ashford School code to the financial. My enrollment advisor is excellent. I like being prepared and ready anyhow, so I didn't find her pushy at all. I believe I called and emailed her more than she did me :) Financial aid went through smoothly..wait except when they lost my papers through the fax and I had to send them again. Other than that everything else was fine. Just this week my lasts set of transcripts came in and now my new estimated graduation date is November of 2012. I basically shaved 2 years off just with transferr units alone. My classes are good, I feel that the teachers that I have had so far are very prepared and really pay attention and show concern in what they are teaching. I pray that as I go further in my education it continues to stay the same. Now my academic adviosr wasn't very helpful, I would have to speak to a "available" one everytime I tried to reach her, that was annoying as heck. I have sense been assigned a new academic advisor so I hope she can stay connected. I am looking forward to graduating in 2012
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Anonymous (Graduate) on June 17, 2010 (email verified)

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July 5th I graduate! 3 weeks! After being out of school for many years, I decided to go back to Ashford University to finish my AAB, and to move on to my BAOM and MAOM. My experience has been excellent since 2008. I will graduate in 3 weeks. It has not been easy. On subject material that is challenging for me, personally, I have allowed extra time for my work, and I have managed to be on the Dean's List 3 times with hard work. I would recommend it to all working people with the drive and desire to finish school and still have a life.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 15, 2010

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Horrible School THIS SCHOOL IS THE WORST RIP-OFF IN THE WORLD PLEASE RESEARCH BEFORE YOU SIGN UP i WISH I WOULD HAVE NOW I AM STUCK I WANT TO DROP OUT SO BAD. tHEY CHARGE FOR THE STUPIDEST THINGS AND THEN 1 CLASS IS ALMOST 1200 THEY CHARGE YOU PER CREDIT. THEN THEY HAVE THIS RIDICULOUS TECHNOLOGY FEE THAT IS 1000 THEY MAKE YOU ORDER THE BOOKS THEN RIGHT BEFORE THE CLASS STARTS THE DECIDE THEY WANT YOU TO USE AN ELECTRONIC BOOK THEY THEY JUST CHARGE YOU FOR WITHOUT WARNING. THE ADVISORS ARE DIGRACEFUL THE TEACHERS ARENT TO BRIGHT EITHER THEY WILL TRY TO GRADE YOU ON A STUPID COMMA BUT THEN THEY MISSPELL SIMPLE WORDS. i AM SO ASHAMED I EVEN SIGEND UP I WISH THERE WAS A WAY OUT I WOULD TAKE IT
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Aubreymichelle2 (In Progress) on June 12, 2010 (email verified)

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Just getting started, so far so good.... So far my experience at Ashfird University has been a good one. I am almost finished with my first class, I started on 5/18/2010. Some of the reviews I have read make me glad I enrolled before reading them. Her is my opinion at the begining of my education with Ashford. My enrollment advisor was obviously working to get me enrolled quickly because her job depends on it. She was nice, she was "friendly", but she was pushy, very pushy. They must get bonuses or they work on commision or something. While I was one the phone with her one time I heard a loud celebration and when I asked her what it was she told me they do that every time someone enrolls with them. When I told her I wouldn't be able to fax some forms in the minute she wanted me to she got rude. For some people having an advisor that calls and e-mails you through out the week might be nice, but for me it is an annoying waste of cell phone minutes. But, if that is the kind of support you are looking for, my enrollment advisor has done an awesome job of keeping up with me and trying to make sure things are going well. My financial aid process was quick and fairly hassle free. My assistant financial aid advisor was less than helpful when I had questions about why my aid at Ashford did not cover the same things my aid did at my previous brick and mortar institution. My actual financial aid advisor has only contacted me one, and that was just to get my verification forms completed. I am in PSY 202 Adult Development, and well, it is much like any other class I have attended in person. The main difference is that you are writing in a forum instead of interacting face to face. Since the discussions are written it also makes it more obvious which students are less than prepared for class and it can be frustrating for those who have worked hard to put up a good discussion post with all the requirements included. My instructor does not appear to ignore the students, she does get involved and show that she reads the posts. according to htis website this is a no-profit school, and the BBB has given this school an A+ rating. I believe someone stated that they have a lot of complaint, acording to the BBB's website they do have 45 complaints in the last 36 months 7 of those were Administratively Closed and 38 were resolved. The BBB of Iowa considers this an A+ business. http://www.bbb.org/san-diego/business-reviews/schools-academic-colleges-and-universities/ashford-university-in-san-diego-ca-23003139/#rating This is just an initial review, we will see what happens as time goes on.
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Lanidahampton86 (In Progress) on June 9, 2010

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the worse school ever the whole reason why I deceied to go to this school in the first place was because of all the great things I heard about it. Then once i got into the school it became a nightmare. The financeal aid department in is horriable they say all this stuff to get in to sign up for the school then its like nobody cares once you are there. You will never get your money that you deserved because they gonna give you a run around about it.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 9, 2010 (email verified)

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So far it's ok! I haven't had any problems with AU so far, I will say that I am very pleased so far! I feel that if you address your problems with courtesy and respect, you will get the same response in return! if you attack the advisers verbally to get your business corrected, then you will get that response in return as well! I must say that the financial aid department is slow, but if you are truly here to learn, then that shouldn't stand in your way! if you harass the financial aid adviser to get your money, then he/she has the power to hold it that much longer..show them understanding and patience, and you will get so much more accomplished!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on June 9, 2010 (email verified)

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Just as Good as Any Other School I see all the mixed reviews for Ashford. I just completed my bachelors degree and I share many of the opinions of other reviewers. There were good and bad courses, good and bad teachers, and good and bad reps. If you do not enjoy writing paper after paper, I suggest going somewhere else. I never wrote so many papers in my life, even for my math class. Most of my teachers demonstrated they read the discussions and papers, while some made it very obvious that they were there for a paycheck. But remember this is with almost any college. I enjoyed my time and am glad to be finished. One last thing, if you have a school nearby that you can fit in your schedule, it might be cheaper. Ashford was quite expensive compared to other in-state schools, but then again you have to go to an actual campus and class (even for some of their "online" classes). Good luck whatever you choose.
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Ryanmourer (In Progress) on June 9, 2010 (email verified)

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An HONEST Review of my experience so far This is an honest review of my experience at Ashford. I have been attending for almost 2 years and will complete my AA in business very soon. 1st of all, you have to realize that no 2 people will have the exact same advisors and instructors, so experiences will vary. That sounded like a disclaimer if I've ever heard one! My enrollment advisor was excellent, as she should be! They want you to enroll in their college and bring your money to them -- right?! I have had 3 different academic advisors and they have all responded promptly to any questions and concerns when they came up. These 2 departments were sufficient and deserve an "A" for their support and effort. The financial aid dept is a completely different animal! I have had numerous financial aid advisors (too many to count!) and they were all inept. They (as in all of them) DO NOT respond to any questions asked and if they do it will be weeks, if not months, when they get back to you. Your academic advisor seems to not be able to help either when you voice your concerns on this issue. So beware of this fact... they are a FOR PROFIT institution and are owned by Bridgepointe Education and based in San Diego, CA. This is certainly more about business and money than education. If you apply for financial aid expect to receive it - if you don't want any more you will keep getting it and it is difficult to give it back, because the financial aid dept will never get back with you! They act like you are trying to run a scam or something when you want to discuss your finances with them. I have the money to pay out of pocket for my tuition and only wanted 1 disbursement of student loans. I now have 2 times the amount I originally wanted. I'm bummed -- I don't have the time to deal with trying to resolve these financial issues constantly. The quality of education varies. I have learned things in some classes, and not a thing in others. I really had to concentrate in the math and accounting courses, because if you cannot teach yourself the material -- good luck! Most of my instructors were prompt with answering questions, but I feel that a lot of them replied to discussion posts and assignments with "canned" or pre-prepared responses that were not even pertinent to what you or a classmate wrote. Not all of them, mind you, but most of them! Disscusion post plagarism happens often! I cannot tell you if it is addressed, because I am not privy to correspondence between other students and the instructor. Some students do not possess college level writing skills, or high school for that matter, yet they seem to show up in other classes on down the road -- what does that tell you?! I tried hard at 1st, but have loosened up as time goes by. I still have a 3.9 GPA and sometimes even skip whole assignments. I make the Dean's List every time it comes out. I thought this was a great accomplishment at 1st. Now it's not so great because I hardly try at all (apparently I don't have to) and still make it no problem! The tuition is reasonable if you are a military vet like myself, but if I had to pay full price plus the cost of books, I would definitely go to another school. Try buying your books on eBay instead of new -- then resale them there. I get my books for free, since I am military, and then sell them there for whatever I can get after each class. College textbooks become obsolete after so long, so there isn't much use in holding on to all of them. Some are good to keep and reference though. My tuition rate stays the same, $750 fixed per course (military), but the regular students often see tuition increases -- at least once or twice per year. This may happen at every university, though, so be prepared for this. Is the degree worth anything to potential employers? I'm not sure, but it is an accredited university, so I would hope so. If you want to get that piece of paper saying you have a degree from an accredited university, then Ashford is okay for you. If you are going to pay $1100 plus per class, and want a more quality educational experience, then I would research a higher ranked, NON PROFIT university to spend your hard earned money at. I hope my review and time spent writing it helps someone out. I am looking into Liberty University for pursuing my bachelors -- does anyone have any knowledge of this school they can share with me??
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Anonymous (Graduate) on June 8, 2010 (email verified)

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Ashford U...Absolutely My experience with Ashford was a positive one. I feel like I was "educated" in areas that are necessary for my occupation. Though I was able to maintain an "A" average, it was in no way an easy task to accomplish. For those who have expressed concern over the cost of books, may I suggest trying half.com I was able to purchase all of my textbooks through that website at a fraction of the cost. As for the professors, I had some who were laid back and some who were "sticklers"...it is basically the same as in a traditional school environment. For those who are unhappy with their "advisors", why don't you ask to be changed to someone else? To be honest, no matter what school you attend, you are going to be faced with obstacles...it's just a part of life.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 7, 2010 (email verified)

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Good school if you're willing to do the work When I first began at Ashford a year ago, I was excited to be back in college, but was very disappointed with the slow way their financial aid refund process worked (They have since revamped the process and it's a lot more efficient now). Based on my intro class, I also thought the classes were going to be too easy to be much of a challenge. However, I soon found out that not to be the case. Now a year in, I find the coursework has become more challenging, both because of the amount and content of the reading materials we have to complete each week. Just as with any university, the quality of the instructors vary, but thus far, the majority of my teachers hold doctorate degrees, and the rest hold master's--sometimes more than one. Some are more lenient, some are sticklers for the expectations they articulate through the new Classroom format. (BTW, Classroom is way better than the old Blackboard format.) Anyway, anyone who comes to Ashford thinking this school is another diploma mill will be sorry they enrolled. Ashford can kick your tail with the amount and quality of work you're expected to do within the brief 5 week period each class lasts. Still, if you're looking for the Harvard of online colleges, you may want to try Western Governors University, University of Maryland UC, or Regents. For me, a busy wife and mom of 3, Ashford coursework is challenging enough for me to have to put forth a lot of time and effort, but not so challenging that I am completely overwhelmed. After all, I working to earn my B.A., not a bunch of b.s.!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 5, 2010 (email verified)

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Great School I started Ashford University two years ago to get my bachelor's degree and I can only tell you that it is a great experience. I learned a lot and the staff, my academic advisor and financial aid counselor are very helpful. Before you receive your check in the mail,the excess money or what you call "payments" to you are specifically scheduled according to the number of weeks you have been attending your current class. I believe either five to seven weeks you should be getting something and the longest period is two months. The courses are easy in the beginning, but then it becomes challenging as you get closer to your graduation. I find myself improving each class and having more technical experience. You will ran into strict and easy going instructors, but I don't judge them by how they teach. I judge them by how and what I'VE learn from them. I will stay in the same school like Ashford University if I ever desire to continue my master's degree. I don't see any fraud existing in this school.
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Cunninghamb4 (In Progress) on June 3, 2010 (email verified)

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My Ashford Experience I have been a student at Ashford for about a year and a half and will graduate with a BA in Business Admin in about 4 months. Overall my experience has been great and I have been challenged in classes. I had only nine classes left at a traditional college and of course lost a few classes during the transfer. For the most part, the teachers have been great and very helpful. One in particular, Professor Stern was online every night available to chat about assignments and post. Of course there are a few who tend to have "canned responses" for posts but the majority of the online faculty challenged me. I think the online format would be greatly improved by some sort of chat room to discuss issues with classmates LIVE as opposed to by email. I do feel the online environment is more of a challenge than traditional schools as you must have a bit more self motivation and often have to solve things yourself that would be easily answered during a normal face to face classroom experience. Great school for me.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 2, 2010 (email verified)

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If you want a piece of paper for $17,000+ go here! Lets see I was currently in Ashfords Masters program. The school is online and I yet to see the value of such a degree in the business world. The classes are easy and in fact you can pretty much write two sentences in the discussion and receive an A the professors are simply not that they are facilitators as anyone can download the course guide on their homepage and complete the entire class before it begins. High school students could complete this degree. I understand you get what you make of it but truly this school needs more work. Financial Aid is another issue and trying to get a hold of someone is next to impossible, yes they are there when you first sign up but once you complete that first class its almost like the are non existent. For those of you you want numbers try asking on of the enrollment couselors the average number of people that graduate from Ashford and with that the starting salary of Ashford graduates simply put they wont know!
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Kallygos (In Progress) on May 31, 2010 (email verified)

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Buying your degree vs. an Education Just get ALL your ducks in a row BEFORE you begin, despite the smiles, sweetness, promises and pressure. Get all questions answered, such as teacher student ratio, how many credits will be accepted, etc. As with me, rarely are 99 credits accepted, but a fraction of that is the norm (even from a nearby Top Ten University as mine were from), 90% of promises of people to do their job will be blown off, you will get about a 15% return call rate except for initial sales person /'advisor' - at first. Handle or track your own financial aid if possible. A large faceless corp. bought this school so buyer beware and know what you are dealing with. You can extract a degree but it won't be a learning experience with live professors, in fact you probably will never be able to talk with them, their teacher student ratios are probably astronomical, TA's as well. This is business folks not academia!
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Alexis.fogg (In Progress) on May 27, 2010

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I see nothing wrong with Ashford I have been a school hopper for 5 years now with no real direction in what I wanted to do in life. My last school was a technical school were it seemed like they let you fall through the cracks. One instructor would not let me do that. He noticed I read - a lot! I go through three books a day. Plus he noticed I utilized his materials and took things in his course seriously. He asked me if really liked the degree I was in and I said no. He then suggested going into English and Literature. He encouraged me through the duration of the semester, and while I got less then perfect grades in my other courses, I shined in his. He then told me to find a university that teaches English and is affordable at the same time. I chose Ashford. I'm a critical thinker thanks to him and if you want to succeed you have to look into what your going into before you apply - the English program is perfect - it teaches everything I need to learn to become a English teacher. I have a great enrollment advisor - who even called me when he was sick to see how I was doing with the enrollment process. My Financial advisor is pretty good as well.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 25, 2010

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9 - Outstanding and exceeded your expectations I have attended Ashford for about 2 1/2 years. I transferred in credits, I wrote two Experiential Essays to earn credit on two classes, I doubled up, and did a Minor in Psychology. I was determined to get the degree done and as an older student, I felt I needed to hurry and catch up, educationally speaking. Ashford provided me with this opportunity with excellent guidance. I am considering getting a Master's with Ashford because the school is reputable and REGIONALLY ACCREDITED meaning I can go to a top tier school for my doctorate. The Master's program will allow me to get done in 15 months, much faster than other colleges (I have checked a ton of online schools) and I can double up if I feel I can handle it. I give Ashford a double thumbs up! The students who are bad mouthing Ashford on this string of comments may have legitimately had bad experiences, but my feeling is that these people are such a tiny voice of Ashford's online populous. Last time I asked, Ashford has at least 45,000 online students!! That is equivalent to a decent sized town. Another example of size is Ohio State has roughly 52,000 just on the Columbus campus. Do your homework and find out if Ashford will help you achieve what you want. I graduate soon and am so happy that I finally can say I earned this Bachelor's. I have learned so much new knowledge that I probably would not have taken the time to research any of it had I not decided to return to school. Something else to think about - a four-year degree is nothing these days so why not accelerate your degree with Ashford majoring in something that you are interested in and go to a top tier school for a Master's or a Doctorate? As long as you have a great GPA, write a great entrance essay, have great references, you have a great chance of getting accepted. Ashford is nationally recognized. FYI: There are a range of ages and educational levels that attend so you may read posts from a few students who do not write well or express themselves very well. That can be frustrating, but you do not know what their grades are so don't compare your grades to what you think they are getting. You should only concentrate on your grades, not theirs. You do not have to respond to people who are off the mark in their posts or that you know are plagiarizing. Another thing to remember is sometimes students have learning or physical disabilities and online education works in their lives so do not be judgmental - hats off to them for going to college!! Concentrate on YOU and be the best YOU can be! Your efforts will pay off. Good-luck and much success.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 25, 2010 (email verified)

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Mixed bag I have had mixed reviews about my time. Most of my Teachers have been great..but have had 2 in particular that were disinterested and above us all. The Financial Aid dept. is terrible..send back canned responses if they respond at all. This has me really thinking about continuing elsewhere. It seems they act like you are scamming if you inquire about the money that should be coming to you.
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Hkim8392126 (In Progress) on May 15, 2010 (email verified)

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Great School I do not understand why there are so many negative comments about the school. Honestly, it sounds like most of the negative comments are from students who have done stayed long at Ashford. The lower level classes are easy, but as you move onto your major and upper division courses, these classes are not easy cake by any means. Of course the lower division classes are gonna be easy just like at any college, but when you start moving up on levels, it's gonna get more challenging and teachers expect more from you. I have only 3 upper division courses left for my degree and 7 general education classes till I graduate. I have always had great support from the staff members and constantly contacted and checked on to make sure I'm doing ok. Some teachers are easier than others, but this is true at any college. The only difference is that you don't have the option to choose an easy teacher all the time like at a traditional college where you do your own schedule and pick your own teachers. If anyone is saying that the curriculum at Ashford is easy it's because they have not even taken a class in the upper division yet. In a typical 5 week upper division course, I have a 3-5 page paper due for three weeks, then a 8-10 page final research paper due in the last week, quizzes for week 2, 3, and 4, and to top it off a two discussion boards each week that requires research and critical thinking. All these papers, quizzes, and discussion boards takes up about 3 days straight worth of work. I miss my lower division courses because I started out with like one paper for the entire 5 weeks and no quizzes. As you move up the papers increased to two to four papers due within 5 weeks and 3 to 4 quizzes. I've taken classes at online and on campus courses through traditional colleges, University of Phoenix, and Ashford so I can say that Ashford is as hard as any traditinoal on campus course. If the classes are so easy to get an A it's because it's a beginners class, but it gets tougher as you move up because you will find that you will need to dedicate a lot more time than before. Sometimes I wish I can just attend an on-campus class because I wouldn't have to do so much work just to meet attendance. I don't have the luxury of cancelled classes or missing class and still pass the class like at a traditional on-campus college. Certain teachers are so easy while others are so tough on grading so to say it's just a diploma mill college is so inaccurate for this college. If only Ashford was that easy and I can get a degree in my sleep cause then I would not be stressing so much right now in my current class.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on May 11, 2010 (email verified)

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Review from a Graduate Acceptance of transfer credit = Exceptional Enrollment Advisor = Outstanding Academic Advisor = Good enough, but room for improvement Financial Advisor = Met the minimum acceptable level Books, Etc = Good enough, but room for improvement Teachers = Good Technology = Very high quality Overall it was a good experience. It has definitely provided me with a stepping stone for a master's program and prepared me for the journey to come. The main area needing improvement is the overall cost of the program. It is my opinion that the school should cut the price by about a third to equal what the review reflects about them.
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Fireplay81 (In Progress) on May 10, 2010 (email verified)

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Horrible Expierence I transfered to Ashford from University of Phoenix. I have had nothing but problems with the administration at Ashford University. The financial aid department mistakenly denied my application and no one told me for nearly a month. Now I have a bill the school is trying to collect. It has been two months and I am still trying to get this issue resolved. My financial aid advisor didn't contact me about the issue and hasn't contacted me yet. I've been dealing with the available financial aid advisors, each one recognizes the problem and takes action to fix it and when I call back it's like it never happened and I have to start all over again. This has happened no less than three times. In addition to the problems with the administration the classes are geared toward lower level students. I came in with 60 credits and was put into 100 level classes. I have only taken 2 classes and the instructors for each class had degrees outside of the field of psychology, one of them was an engineering major. The enrollment counselor completely misrepresented the program and when I started classes they were nothing like I was lead to expect. They make you buy "Ashford" versions of text books which are nearly impossible to resell. I would not recoment ANYONE attend this university. The administrative hassle itself is enough to send you packing. My roommate attempted to attend Ashford as well and met similiar problems.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 10, 2010 (email verified)

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could be better Ashford is like any online school, it is what you make of it. That being said, the classes are not hard or easy, just classes. IF you truly want to learn something, do NOT go to Ashford. You will learn very little, with next to no support from your "teachers". If you want a degree, then try Ashford but, I fear the degree from Ashford won't be worth much.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 8, 2010 (email verified)

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Ashford Univ., Run Forrest Run! WARNING! Ashford University, RUN FORREST RUN! If you are a plagiarism scholar, then Ashford University is the school for you. If you lack integrity, honesty and fail to follow rules and policies then Ashford Univer. is the school for you. If you support bigotry, discrimination and racism through their advisors, and you don't want to asks questions, then Ashford University is the school for you. If you don't want to learn anything, or you/staff can't comprehend any of the books they recommend, or you support lazy instructors (not teachers) that don't return phone calls, then Ashford University is the school for you. Ashford U policy is: It's OK to plagarized anyone's work or not learn anything, because we want your MONEY, HONEY! WARNING! 1. You better not asks any questions or they will 'blacklist' you and throw their ridiculous 'student code of conduct' fake book at you. They will also tell you we are there for the monies, we don't care if you haven't learned anything from us or the instructors. 2. Don't forget, their Advisors are allowed to misinform, demean, twist your words and disrespect you. Ashford Univ. advisors have rights, NOT Principles. 3. Try contacting the CEO and President of the School, you will get NO WHERE. She cares nothing about any of the students, ONLY 'Where's the MONEY, MONEY, MONEY.' 4. There is NO support or respect for students at all. So those students who are currently attending Ashford Univ. will complete with a degree of "knowing nothing", a "total Degree of Ignorance" and brag about a Grade Point Average of 4.0. with alot of student loans. 5. Ashford U courses are NOT transferrable to any unique college. So have fun! and PAY to Learn Nothing yall!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on May 1, 2010 (email verified)

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Financial Aid Advisor lack Customer Service Skills Whomever had previously stated that the Financial Aid staff 'sucks' couldn't have said it better! Numerous times, I have emailed my "financial advisor",(male), and he didn't even have the decentsy to email me back, and returning calls, forget it! Do they realize that these things are important to us students? If we had all the answers to our own questions, we would have no use for them, yet they are getting paid to "do a job". Maybe student needs are not part of their 'job'?? Yes, it seems that financial aid dept. has a problem releasing the funds that we are going to have to pay back now that we have completed our degrees. They are a total mess! Someone from FASFA needs to send someone to check on these people, and quick before none of us are able to get our funds!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 30, 2010 (email verified)

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Ashford U: Degrees for the Dumb or Lazy At this point of my life, I just want a degree. Any degree will do. Ashford should adopt that as their slogan: "Any degree will do." Even a degree from a 4th-rate school like Ashford is better than nothing; not by much, but better than nothing. I feel I'm not learning anything. The classes are so watered down, a moron can get a degree here. I just hope the degree is worth the paper it's printed on when I do graduate. However, I strongly suspect that most employers are going to know that I went to a crap school and got a crap education. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
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Pobrienhazlett (Graduate) on April 29, 2010 (email verified)

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Disappointed Like any other online institution; the learning is up to you. You get out of it what you put into it. I have two problems. One; many of the teachers give complete credit to anyone who does the online discussion, even if it was two sentences long and did not meet the requirements. I found that many of the teachers hardly participated in the dicussions or provided helpful feedback. I felt like I put so much effort in my work but other students who put in 10% received the same grade. That was frustrating. The other problem was when I graduated I needed some career counseling and help with resumes and cover letters. They have no such help. For someone who has been a stay at home mom for many years I need that help. This school will be fine for you if you are already working and do not need career help and if you don't care if you get the same credit for doing 90% more work than some others. Oh and plaigarism runs rampant. People blatantly cut and paste and the instructors are oblivious.
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Gtacks (In Progress) on April 25, 2010

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great I am in my sixth class for My MBA in Human Resources. Never thought I would do it online but it is great. Find it challenging and it is really letting me express myself. Yes the response time to emails is somtimes a day or two but they are also teaching other classes so give them a break
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Anonymous (Graduate) on April 24, 2010 (email verified)

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Excelsior College is the Devil's Advocate. Yes, they are the rudest people in all of Albany New York. Besides that, the school lack in integrity, discipline and honesty. Their instructors 'are unfamiliar with the subjects they teach,' thereby, marking the right answer wrong. They will accept your tranferrable credits that's the only great thing about the school. They also have a problem allocating left over monies that belong to you. For some reason they believe the credit balance owed to you, belongs to them. So fight for your money and stand-up for yourself. These 'backward hillbillies' will take advantage of you if you let them. They will also charge fees for living "on-campus" although you are taking classes 'online' go figure!
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Lilbecca (In Progress) on April 24, 2010 (email verified)

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CAUTION Caution to all the honest har-working people out there trying to Though the staff at Ashford may seem like the nicest people on earth, they are only out for your money. They have no real concern for your well-being. As long as you are sending them money they are great. But as soon as a financial problem arises, they do a 180. To start the $55 fee that they assure you won't be charged to your account, will be charged to your account the very next day. Don't believe me.... check your account. In the beginning of the process I was contacted on a daily(some times several times a day) basis to see if I had any more questions or concerns. They had an answer for every question I had. But when I had my doubts and brought up that I had found a better option to get my degree, EVERYTHING CHANGED! They no longer had any answers for any questions I had. When I informed them that I no longer wished to continue with Ashford, the games started. They refused to hear what I was saying. All they did was talk me in circles and pass me to the next person on the phone. They are just out to get your money and meet their quotas, nothing else. They became down right rude with me over the phone. They are not paid to support you, they are paid to reel you in and take in as much of your money as possible. I am a honest, hard working women, just trying to better my life. All I got in return was disappointment. Please don't let them get you! There are other options out there. Look for other goverment programs. T.E.A.C.H is amazing program that actually cares about childcare workers, and they will go out of their way to help you. Save your time and money and tell Ashford to shove it. You can get the same or a better degree through T.E.A.C.H for a fourth of the prices, and with alot more rewards. I hope that this helps whoever comes across it. I don't think anyone should be taken adantage of(especially those who are trying to further their education and help teach the youth of our world), and that is all Ashford is about. So run! Best wishes!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 18, 2010 (email verified)

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REELED IN..THEN FORGOTTEN Ashford reels you in with all this good talk, and constant communication until after you start the class and then all of a sudden you post or email a question about your asignment and the teacher aide nor the instruction gets back to you for 2 days, that is after several attempts to get an answer from them. First class they require is a $1200 joke and 5 weeks long wasted. You are better looking somewhere else for your education. Their only interest is MONEY!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 17, 2010 (email verified)

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Current Student I am currently enrolled at Ashford University. Contrary to some of the reviews listed here, this school is not a diploma mill. It is regionally accredited not nationally accredited which most diploma mills are. I have had no problems with the staff or teachers. In fact, my academic and enrollment advisors call me at regular intervals. Sometimes the caliber of student seems to be a little low, but you find that in colleges across the country. I am very happy with my decision to attend Ashford. I have had no problems with Financial Aid or grades with instructors. The grades I have been given I have earned. The instructors do not hand out A's and they Do provide feedback on all written assignments. They only draw back is the amount of custom books required for the classes. This school provides a good education as long as you are willing to apply yourself.
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Scarletsash (In Progress) on April 17, 2010 (email verified)

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A very good experience so far. I have been taking courses at Ashford since 2008 and expect to graduate in 2011. After about a year and a half in the BAOM program, I am still feeling very good about the school. I am confused by reviews that say there is no support or that it is expensive. Here is how I would break down my experience so far: Financial - FAFSA has so far loaned enough for my whole tuition with some to spare. A check I received last year was enough to cover my books for the entire year. Before enrolling, I compared Ashford's program with others that I thought were comparable. At the time, Ashford's tuition was the second lowest. Support - My enrollment advisor was the reason I started at Ashford. I had hung up on reps from several online universities whose information I had requested, because they seemed like used car salesmen to me. Ashford's advisor was different. He DID seem to be promising the moon at times, but I took a chance and so far those promises have been kept. When dealing with my enrollment advisor and my academic advisor I feel like I am their only student. Responses come within 24 hours without fail. When issues need more follow-up, I literally wonder where they find the time and attention that they gave to me in their day. They have always been polite and patient with me, even when I was testy. I don't know what happened to people who complain about support but I cannot stress enough how different my experience has been. Teachers - I have not attended classes on-campus in 14 years. When I did, it was at a California community college, so I don't have much to compare the online program with. Based on memory, I find Ashford's instructors to be similar to those from the JC in terms of personality and style. Teachers - I have not attended classes on-campus in 14 years. When I did, it was at a California community college, so I don't have much to compare the online program with. Based on memory, I find Ashford's instructors to be similar to those from the JC in terms of personality and style. I disagree with those who say the teachers are absent from the process. I have always received detailed answers from them. My only complaint is that I sometimes get feedback on an assignment that might shape my approach to the next one, and thus my grade, too late to make any changes. Technology – My thoughts about teachers lead me here next. The teachers use the system differently. They post information in different places and aren't always very understanding when you don't find it. This lack of consistency has been a challenge for me. Other than that, Ashford is using the same technology as other schools (Blackboard). Value - Ashford IS a regionally accredited school. The credits WILL transfer to the type of schools I would apply to. Again, I am confused by the surprise of other reviewers on this issue. Reading the admissions requirements to a program on any University's web page will tell you what they accept. Even though it is among the least expensive of schools, I cannot give Ashford a 10 for value just yet. Frankly, I wonder sometimes what the value of this degree will be in the end. I have managed to hold a 3.96 GPA during my time with the school. I have not found this difficult to maintain. In addition to "going to" school, I have a full time job and do part time work. I can put in as many as 60 hours per week working. I wonder what people who spend 20 hours a week on their coursework are doing. In a week with no paper, I spend about 5 hours on assignments. If the 8-10 page paper in the last week of most courses is due, I spend about 11 hours on schoolwork that week. Thus, the only concern I have about this school is how easy it has been. I wonder sometimes if this isn't all just too good to be true. However, if it turns out that this is really all that goes into obtaining a legitimate degree, I will have no regrets about choosing Ashford University.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 16, 2010

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Great place if you're not stupid I hate seeing poor reviews for Ashford! I have been attending for my BA is psychology for a little over a year and I have a little less than a year to go. The materials and instruction is comparable to both of the physical schools I previously attended. The accelerated courses are a dream come true for those who want their degree sooner, or those who get bored easily. With every school there are problems like the ones I've seen attributed to Ashford. So if you are having problems with this school then welcome to life. It simply sounds like those with problems are lacking life experience. I haven't had any issues with Ashford sans my ditsy and annoying course advisor. She is kind of stupid but hey, so are a lot of people. Advisors probably get paid $12-15 an hour so are you really surprised? Be your own advocate and stop expecting people to hold your hand through life.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 10, 2010 (email verified)

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Mixed Emotions I'm not an impulsive person so my research prior to enrollment was intense and I generally don't allow myself to be victimized. Ashford is no different than any other University in requiring tuition and fees. One must pay for an education, yes this is true, you can't get something for nothing. My professors were enlightening, engaging and informative. It's work but life requires work. So now, here's my complaint. Their Financial Aid Dept. leaves a lot to the imagination. Every time a refund was due to be issued it never made it to my home. Always, lost in the mail and getting it re-issued well now that was another month or so. So if your intention is to apply for Student Loans to cover expenses just know that you will repay you Student Loan and interest long before you ever receive your refund from the school. Quality everywhere else but the Financial Aid Department. It's not surprising that someone could mistaken them for Organized Crime because if you ever attended the school and had the experience than you could understand. I will not leave the school because I believe in making companies/institutions accountable and responsible. I want be degree from Ashford which I why I enrolled their and to think that I would leave because they hold on to funds that don't belong to them is cowardly of me. Once again, the staff is great. The Advisors are as informative as the questions you ask them. The professors I think are of high quality and my Enrollment Advisor was neither rude nor pushy. He gave me the space I needed to make my decision and as a result a really good friend of mines has also enrolled. Regardless of the issues that I've experienced I will always recommend them because they have a great program, however, their administration should be just a little more concerned and alarmed over the Accounting/Financial Aid Department. Who doesn't know that you can't handle peoples funds inappropriately without consequence. I'm pleased, I just would like to receive my refund.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 1, 2010 (email verified)

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Great School My experience overall at Ashford U has been very positive. I previously attended a traditional brick and mortar University 70+ credits (Florida International U)and I feel that I have learned so much more during my time at AU. Everything about Ashford University is first rate, from the classes and teachers to the administration and support staff. If you are a serious student who is focused and driven to achieve you will no doubt do well at AU.
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Ramonahelmer (In Progress) on March 17, 2010

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poor the people that are your advisors and FA advisors really dont have a clue what they are doing and need to be replaced. They messed up all my FA paperwork and i had to drop out of school. So be extremely careful what school you choose to attend. Check and Check there background.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 8, 2010 (email verified)

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The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly I attended the University of Utah. Ashford's courses are just as challenging. As you get higher up in the degree program, class sizes get smaller and more focused, just like they do at the brick and mortar colleges. The drawbacks of online learning; facetime and the chance to work through solutions. My current textbook was a rush job. There are 'self-study' questions after the learning objective is covered, but the solutions are at the back of the chapter, so you have to flip back and forth to work the problems. Far better to put the solution to the problem there, then several variations with references back to the learning objectives to reinforce the concept. Then go on to the next objective, then the problems at the back of the chapter. This way, you have the reasoning down. I also had to protest my grade when my first accounting professor was yelling at me in caps. Then he downgraded my course work. I turned it in on time, properly cited and it was the equal (if not better due to spelling and grammar) of the rest of the students. He gave me a zero on my final paper. I documented each and every contact with him; did not use email (he never responded) and when I protested my grade, Ashford saw it my way. They have a grievance process just like any other university, and they resolved the issue. My grade went from a C- to an A. I filled out the survey for him as well. Here is the good part: During the time that Ashford was evaluating my grade, they released the Dean's list. I wasn't on it because of the evaluation, and they weren't going to put me on it. HELLO? I EARNED that bloody A, and I EARNED IT in the time frame of consideration for said list. They revised the list. Thank you. That was all I asked for. Would I use Ashford for my Master's? No. I think I got a solid education that will stand me in good stead. I got out of it what I am putting into it. Their tutorial service is a JOKE. Not only that, the tutoring service uses people from other countries who do NOT speak English (spare me the righteous indignation of your outraged offense), do NOT get in contact with you and then the chalkboard is totally user unfriendly. As someone who is paying BIG BUCKS for this, I want that portion of my tuition refunded so I can go to the online tutoring center of choice and get better instruction for the problem. Is this unique to Ashford? Nope. I submit you will have similar problems. You just have to fight for your grade after you have studied and worked for it.
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Luvsdard (In Progress) on February 16, 2010 (email verified)

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Great experience They transferred all of my community college credits (78), so that really helped with money and time. I cannot think of any other way that I could have gotten my BA, without a huge investment in time, money and aggravation. Some profs were great, others were ok, just like any other college. I started in fall of 2008 and will be done this April, less than 2 classes to go. I can't wait. I may just go for my Master's after I take a little break. You do get burned out from doing papers all the time, but that's what college is supposed to be like. If you are motivated and can work independently, it's for you, if not, then online education is not for you. Great value and experience for the money.
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Ashleyerandall (In Progress) on February 12, 2010 (email verified)

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Currently Enrolled, Graduating Soon To those of you who are considering going to Ashford: I enrolled in Ashford a little over two years ago. I am set to graduate in March and have been very pleased with the last two years of my education. Please keep in mind that the majority of individuals who seek out a place to write a review are going to be those people who have had a negative experience. If you have had a negative experience with something, it is natural to want to share it. If you have had a typical/positive experience, aside from friends and family, it's unlikely that you will seek out a place online to share that experience. Any and all schools will have students who are unhappy and/or had negative experiences. It's kind of like your job - some people you work with like the job others hate it. But, those who hate it are usually the most vocal. It's the same for any website posting reviews of a school, so do not let the reviews discourage you. Trust your instinct. I am receiving my degree in Social Science. I have been pleased with the classes and the course work. The majority of my professors have been professional, knowledgable, helpful and attentive. Like any school experience (think high school) there are going to be unattentive professors and I have had two of those in the last two years. I work full time (40+ hours a week) and have found that Ashford's attendance policy has been very accomodating. The coursework has been challenging, but not overwhelming or un-doable. Some reviews have stated that the books are expensive. They are. We are in college and college books are expensive. period. However, for those who need an alternative to puchasing books new, search Google for "Ashford Mom Books." There is a website where current Ashford students get together and exchange, purchase, and sell old Ashford textbooks to and from each other. I have found this to be very helpful. Some reviews have had trouble getting the Admin or FinAid offices to return calls. I have never had this problem. In fact, my advisor has called regularly (probably every 10 weeks) for the last two years to see how I am doing and if I have any issues or questions about anything. I have really enjoyed my experience. I hope this review is helpful and, if you are considering going to Ashford, do not be discouraged by the reviews. Good luck!
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CompuGk1AB (In Progress) on January 26, 2010 (email verified)

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False Advertising I am very disappointed with Ashford. I was sold an online program that was supposed to be asynchronous-students working on their own. Everything was fine for my first 5 classes. Then, the 6th class suddenly has team/group work and projects every week! It was very unorganized, the teacher wasn't ready, was not responding to emails or posts and nobody knew what to do. We organized ourselves, worked into the wee hours of the morning to meet the due date and had a project to turn in already when the teacher emailed us the day before it's due to say she will be putting us in teams by area code and extending the due date! It has been one painful experience after another with many people complaining to advisors. They all have different answers, mine acknowledged that we shouldn't have team work and it is STATED ON THEIR WEBSITE!! Talk about bait and switch! It is very difficult to find any names of anyone in administration to complain to. They don't seem to be listed on the website. I feel that the school is letting us down and in fact I can't imagine that this is even legal! If you are thinking of going to this school, think again. The stress this is putting on me and my classmates is enormous. I am very disappointed.
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Super_Sher (In Progress) on January 21, 2010 (email verified)

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Extremely POSITIVE I am well into my third class at Ashford University's Online B.A. Psychology and I have to say that although I was extremely cautious at first, Ashford has proven itself time and time again. The teachers are knowledgable and sincerely want to see you succeed. I've never had problems with the admissions office returning my calls. I have never had a problem with the financial aid office either. I received a stipend in the mail when they said I would and I like the idea that you can track your financial aid awards and you see that they are holding enough money for your next few classes. So it's not for you to worry about and in my busy life, that makes a huge differece. The materials are somewhat mediocre but as long as you work with what you are given and use the many online resources they offer at Ashford, you should do well. I believe those who took one class and wrote a bad review were not willing to work hard and perhaps were expecting a diploma mill like University of Phoenix. I would recommend Ashford to anyone I know as long as they were willing to work hard and actually do the work because thats the only way you will get anywhere with this online program. *sidebar* I also didn't mind the $990.00 tech fee for the online classroom. I have not had problems with the program and the ease of use is astounding. Overall an A- in my book!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 19, 2010

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Great Choice for Continuing Education I enrolled with Ashford 13 months ago in their B.A. PSY program and have had a great experience! Most of my instructors have been very positive and provided excellent guidance. Response from my instructors have taken a day at the most, and they often take the time to provide very helpful feedback throughout the course. I think Ashford is a great choice for online continuing education; it has allowed me to finish my degree while working FT which I find very rewarding as a single mom!
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Yotan (In Progress) on January 16, 2010 (email verified)

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Go to Park University if you must do it online. I enrolled in Ashford's online program last August mainly because they paid for my books since I'm active duty military. Four classes later and I feel like I have made a mistake. Needless to say the classes are so easy they require barely any effort. I could handle three of these classes at a time and be done with my degree sooner but the school does not allow it. Most professors barely pay any attention to what is going on in the classroom and sometimes are not very knowledgeable on the subject. The part that bothers me the most about Ashford is how anyone is allowed to enroll. Most students cannot post an assignment that is properly spelled and researched. Plagiarism is a huge issue and the school or instructors do not care. I have reported several instances of blatant plagiarism and the students were allowed to remain in the course even though their policies are to fail the student or expel them. These instances were not just forgetting to cite. These students completely copied word by word pages on the internet and posted it to the discussions. To me that says a lot about the integrity of the institution and the validity of this degree. I took several courses with Park University and their courses are quite challenging and their professors qualified and will actually participate in the student discussions. Park University is also more affordable. Unfortunately I am almost done with my degree at this point. I will, however, not complete my Master's with Ashford and will not recommend to anyone. I am very dissappointed with this university and I don't think I will be proud to display this diploma. I would advise at all costs to avoid an online school, but if you're like me and serve in the military then you probably don't have much of a choice.
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Sedwardss70 (In Progress) on January 14, 2010 (email verified)

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It has worked for me I have been with Ashford for 1 year and 5 months now. Overall the experience has been pretty good. The only real issue to present itself had to do with financial aid. This was eventually straightened out and everything else has went pretty smoothly. There have been a few instructors that seemed to be totally removed from the class, but you can run into that anywhere. There are also people on here giving bad reviews in regards to the cost of tuition. However, in comparing prices of schools, Ashford was more affordable than most. The classwork is hard because you have to possess a lot of self discipline when it comes to online learning. It can be easy to put things off until the last minute. This college is not perfect, but no college is and you get what you put into it. Do your research before committing to any college and try to find the one that works best for you. I am pretty satisfied with Ashford and will graduate with my Bachelors in 2 more weeks!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 12, 2010 (email verified)

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Could of have been better I finished my degree in DEC 2009. For those who are seeking a Bachelors Degree quick, easy and affordable.. Then Ashford is the way to go.. Beware of the professors and their deadlines... there is absolutely no room for life situations or error with professors. Each one is different so be sure when you start your class each time to make contact with your professor and see what type of response you receive will tell you what he/she will be like for the 5 weeks. Financial Aid is a nightmare.. the operate compeltely different than other University...dont expect much from your FA rep.. they never return email calls and its very hard to get process done. As far as instructors also go - you will be grade on your discussion questions and never given feedback when graded low.. if if you ask..Papers ehh feedback is given only if asked from professors.. Be sure to order books in advance.. its your repsonsibility.. there is no room from professors to late book arrivals..they dont care. Ask me if I learned anything.. hmm some but i know how to write in APA format perfectly now. I am glad I am done .. I am going to start my Masters but doing it through Univ. of Phoenix.. like I should have in the beginning...
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Rydizle51 (In Progress) on January 12, 2010

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Don't believe the negative I had a lot of trepidation in choosing Ashford University. I read all the concerns student's and ex students had to my advisor, because they brought up valid concerns. I enrolled thinking the worst. To my surpise, I have yet to find anything that these negative reviews say. It's college, it's complicated. It's not easy. but, if you do your work, and actually try. You will do fine. Instructors answer all my questions, and my advisors are well informed. I say, give it a try. If you don't do your best, you won't have a good experience. It's college!!!
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Chamishab2008 (In Progress) on January 12, 2010 (email verified)

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Schools/Life aint picture perfect I am a mother of 2 adorable children who influenced me to return back to school and obtain a BA in Healthcare Administration. Now after reviewing some of the reviews, I am starting to wonder if the people who attend the school previously was 22 years and up this is Ashford requirement for the age limited at Ashford University. Most of the reviews sounds like whining children, IF you didn't read the fine print before you actually took the courses than you are the idiot, everything in life including schools have policy, terms and conditions. All the information about Ashford appears to be from people who didn't do their homework, I am tired of people who want to criticize just because they are not happy with their decision. We all make mistakes in life, maybe your mistakes was intending online schools, as it is not for everyone, Ashford is just like any other school you get what you put in, nothing is going to be easy. online and offline school are a hassle with financial Aide what school can you attend if your financial Aide isn't right, I love this school I am in my 8th class the technology here is wonderful I am improving as a writer. Once you see yourself learning something new then you know you have taken your life into a new direction of learning new things. I can't speak for those who drop out because of not being satisfied and then want to play the blame game, Ashford is accredited school who is approved by the state, and also federal funding is approved by the school so how can you say that it is a scam. Nevertheless, many have complain about the stupid things, not answering phone calls, or responding to emails, I mean are you people really serious with these complaints?? I think that most of you are trying to find a reason to drop out of school, well good luck flopping from school to school, I will be done with my BA in DEC 2011 and will be returning for my master. No i don't work for Ashford my response are 100% real, as people may think that students can't leave good complaints not everyone think alike. Oh before I forget it is not up to the school to process your financial aide they are responsible for applying your funds to your account and keeping an account balance inquires in student portal, Now Ashford has a new classroom much easier to grasp, If for any reason you have complaints about funds contact FAFSA.EDU an obtain the contact information there.
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Mrjshep3 (In Progress) on January 9, 2010

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Misleading I transfered from another online school and I immediatly fell in love with Ashford. It isn't until you have a problem that you realize that there isn't much of support system established here. I enrolled in the undergraduate program of Psychology. In the my degree progress it spells out 120 credits for completion. The class requires 30 credit hours of upper level classes. These are not considered your major classes, only classes in the 300 or higher level. What is odd is the class syllabus on requires 8 classes of 300 level and 1 class of a 400 level class. When I asked my academic advisor, they explained that I have completed the degree and they refunded my financial back to the lender while registering me for Grad school. I called to check on my degree status only to be told that I have to complete 3 more credits. When I asked my advisor how could this happen, they could not answer. I asked what class do I take being that I have completed 120 credit hours in my field and there are no 300 or 400 level classes left in psychology. I am still waiting on my answer. This has been a month long process with no answer. I will not attend this school for my masters and can't wait to be finished with this place.
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Bonse30 (In Progress) on December 30, 2009 (email verified)

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My Two Cents First I must say that I as well as most of the adult learners who do online courses, do them because of the flexibility of time management. Being in the military and having completed five deployments it is not easy to take traditional college classes when you are deployed or doing work up training when you are not. Ashford University has not dissappointed me in any way. Their texts are up to date and the instructors I have had were very knowledeable and working professions in the Business field. I have taken 13 courses with Ashford and I feel confident I have learned just as much as a traditional college student. I have conversed with several business graduates and they were impressed with my knowledge. College in what you put into it. If you do your assigned readings as well as further research on the your subject you would be surprised at the level of discussion you initiate in the discussion forums.
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Indazul (In Progress) on December 17, 2009 (email verified)

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Education in General This school is like all schools in that you get what you put in. I have attended several schools, including a top ranked school on the east coast, and did just as well in those schools. The largest difference (-) here is the loss of "face to face" time with professors and other students while the (+) is time management. I have always worked full time while going to school and getting to set when I "go to class" is great. Outside of these key differences I would have to state that the quality of students (in general) is lower at Ashford because the university does not require, well; entrance requirements. I have found several students in level 400 classes that still have trouble with sentence structure, spelling, and using references. I could go to the local public library and get an education that would equal that of any state/private school if I wanted to put in the time. Of course I would lack the credibility that that piece of paper (degree) would bring and that is why we are in school correct? If in the future, I hope sooner than later, Ashford University implemented enrollment requirements I would have no reservation(s) of suggesting this as a great alternative. However, without enrollment requirements I cannot, nor do I, expect anyone to take my degree seriously although I was an honor student at several tradition schools. Lucky for me I am returning to a traditional environment for graduate school, that has enrollment requirements, to avoid anymore "glances" when I mention my education. In summary, the majority of professors I have had are high quality, several teach at name schools throughout the United States, several of the students are high quality but this is much fewer than at a traditional school, and the only real low quality thing about Ashford University is that it does not have enrollment requirements. This of course is how the label "degree factory" comes into play.
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Joed_09 (In Progress) on December 12, 2009 (email verified)

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What I think... What I think is...I am getting back exactly what I put in. Overall it has been a great experience. I am finishing my ninth course and I have zero regrets up to this point. I did my undergrad at a "real" school and I do not see any real difference in the quality of education. In fact, the online experience has proven to be a little more difficult due to that fact that I don't have someone holding my hand the whole way through. Some of the people that provided negative feedback on their reviews are the same people that complain about everything else in their lives. Ashford is not Harvard!!! Don't expect to be the CEO of Goldman when you get your degree. The course work is the same as any other business school. Read the book and apply the principles. If you need an instructor to hold your hand and work you through everything, go to a school with classes. The online environment is not for everyone. It takes a little more discipline and focus to do the work and get through things with minimal assistance. It is up to you the student to do the work and learn. By the way, every school in the US is in business to make money. The fact that Ashford is owned by a private company is irrelevant. So if you want to learn, you will. If you want to bitch and complain about the school, you will have a miserable experience. Something that complainers tend to deal with quite frequently anyway.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 8, 2009 (email verified)

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Ashford has not dissapointed me! I was very sceptical about pursuing a online degree. It took several calls from my Enrollment Advisor, to feel at ease, or for me to feel sure that Ashford was a real University. I must say that you do not have to worry when it comes to Ashford. My Enrollment Advisor Has not let me down his phone line is always open. My Academic Advisor has always returned my calls. The Financial Aid Advisor made sure that I received my Financial Aid, and helped me to receive my stipend check(It was not delayed nor short changed). I feel that the course material is great and the technology is current. I have had no problems so far with my instructor's corresponding.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 2, 2009 (email verified)

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50/50 Ashford is a great school however, sometimes it takes the instructor a while to respond back or explain your error on an assignment. The teachers grade the assignment but do not give out adequate information as to why you missed what you missed on an assignment. I will be graduating in 8 months so hopefully everything turns out smoothly.
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Joseph.siemandel (In Progress) on November 27, 2009

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So far its ok I am a current MBA student at Ashford, and will say that it is not the best, but it is an ok option for Military Service members, mostly National Guard that are working civilian jobs. For military you get at a minimum of FREE BOOKS, Half your Tuition fee covered, and your GI Bill to help you out. I had my doubts about online school, but I was surprised to see that ASHFORD is a real location in Iowa, it is an accreited university with a lot of positive feedback, and is not a fraud degree. It maynot have the pull that an MBA from a big known school has, but an MBA is not really a necessity anymore that people think, its a label, and I want to be able to say that I have an MBA, plus it helps to have a masters in the military for promotions. People are negative because they fail, but if you give at least an effort you will pass your classes. The instructors will answer questions and will give you feedback and teh advisors are always in touch when needed. I had a little fiasco when I first got in and was told I could use Pell Grants, (which you can not in the Masters Program) but I switched over to my Post 9/11 GI Bill and tuition worked out well with the TA from the Guard.
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Nicole.foley (In Progress) on November 25, 2009 (email verified)

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Wow. I have to say, I am a little shocked at some of the reviews. I am a current student at Ashford University and I am very satisfied with them. Granted, I have only taken 2 classes, but so far so good. As far as accreditation concerns go, Ashford is as regionally accredited school, not nationally. I think people are confused on what that means. Usually Regionally accredited schools have higher standards than Nationally Accredited school and thus not accept courses from nationally accredited schools. If you are concerned if your courses will transfer visit the graduate school you would like to go and see what accreditation they will accept. For example, Cal State San Bernardino is a regular run of the mill four-year college. If you would like to attend graduate school there they ONLY accept regionally accredited schools (like Ashford). The same goes for the private four-year College University of Redlands. As far as jobs are concerned, if you are looking to be a CEO of a major corporation, Ashford University is not going to cut it. Try Harvard or Stanford. But if you are looking to apply your Bachelor’s degree towards being a teacher or getting a higher paying job this degree will work, just like any other four-year college. My experience has been much better at Ashford than the school I transferred from. The regular four-year college I went to was very impersonal, the professors hardly showed up for class, and homework was never requested. Ashford does challenge you in that the issue homework and final papers so you can retain more information. In my opinion the people who are so passionate about how “bad” the school is want to have the college experience. They was to be able to tell people that they are driving to school or that someone in class was being stupid or that the professor was late. Ashford works for people like myself who want to get in, learn, earn a degree, and leave. Very simple. I have not lied about any of the statements I have made. I am not affiliated with the school at all besides being a student.
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Sdmgdchick1904 (In Progress) on November 15, 2009 (email verified)

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Not whining here Opposed to many reviews here, I did not feel pressured into enrollment with Ashford. I am content in my decision to get an education with Ashford, and my enrollment advisor is a very laid back, sweet woman that knows what she is talking about with anything pertaining to the enrollment process or Ashford in general. I am in my fourth course and I still keep in contact with her every once and a while, even though I have a different acedemic advisor. My first financial advisor was a dissapointment and it aggravated me just trying to get ahold of him, let alone the ONE conversation I had with him, which proved to be a complete waste of time because of his incompitence. I now have a different financial advisor who has answered any and all of my questions within 24 hours or less. I would advise anyone having problems with one of thier advisors to simply ask to speak with a different advisor, not a supervisor, just a different advisor in that department, instead of complaining about it on a review board. I am maintaing a 4.0 GPA, though I am still early in my education, and I have worked hard everyday since my second course (the first course was really easy, mainly there just to familiarize people with the online enviornment). I manage a large hotel and am also a single mother, and Ashford has worked into my schedule wonderfully. I find all of my coursework challenging and when I am doing my school work I always learn something new. My instructors, with the exeption of one, have been absolutly great. I know for a fact that a degree with Ashford IS accredited, because I have done extensive research to make sure it is; calling various HR departments, asking supervisors of accounting companies and businesses, etc. All over San Diego California, New Mexico, and Iowa(because those are the places I travel to for work). I have not had one company tell me that an Ashford degree is not acceptable. People who say that Ashford graduates are laughed at are rediculious, I don't think we will see anyone laughing when an Ashford graduate is running the business your working for.
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Jblairtex (In Progress) on November 13, 2009 (email verified)

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MBA I received my B.S. Degree from a different school. Ashford has been great for the last 8 month towards getting my M.B.A. Their online format, support, and Teachers are great.
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Captain_blackheart (In Progress) on November 10, 2009

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Currently going I'm a current student of Ashford online, and after reading some of these reviews I am wondering if we are attending the same school. The school IS accredited, (I did my research in that before signing up). Secondly, anyone who says the courses are "for idiots", I'm not sure what your definition of "an idiot" is. My current course is five weeks long and in order to finish we are having to read 3-5 chapters from our book per week, plus another 1-2 from a secondary book. The discussion board is good, becuase it subsitutes for "Classroom participation", and shows that you've read the material. My instructor has outlined the fact that you are graded on your responses and knowledge of material, as well as writing and spelling skills and structure. My final paper for this course is due in three weeks, and it's in collegiate APA style format. Being middle aged, and in todays economy, I don't have a rich mommy or daddy to pay for me to spend my days driving back and forth to a brick and mortar university, and where I live there are NONE of the cheaper "community colleges" for me to attend. I've been going to colleges across the country on and off for 20 years due to my work situation, and because of this, Ashford gives me the best choice for my time and money, and in this economy. It's not perfect. The two biggest issues that I have with them so far is that the bookstore, (which is NOT part of Ashford, but sells the books), screwed up my delivery, and their online tech support guy was "Lazy" in attempting to help fix an application problem with their software. But that has NOTHING to do with the courses itself. Like all adults, you need a level of maturity, and understanding of what you are getting into when you sign up for this. Many of the same "whines" I've read here, I heard from guys who joined the miitary and then decided that "they didn't like it"....
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 9, 2009

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Great This is my first year at Ashford University and I am very satisfied. It was easy to get started, I love my classes, they are challenging but not overwhelming. I am learning a lot, especially in terms of writing papers. My enollement advisor and academic advisor is great. My only complaint would be that there was a mess up with my student loan amount. I ended up being shorted and everytime I called Sallie Mae or Ashford, I recieved a different story. My financial advisor was not quick to respond. However, it did just finally get resolved. I am sure situations like this happen at all universities. I think sometimes it is harder if you cant go visit the financial aid office in person to settle an issue. Anyway, I like Ashford. I am happy i am attending. It is great for my schedule too. I work full time and have two kids. It would be impossible for me to have to show up to school at a particular time.
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Uctechrichard (In Progress) on November 7, 2009 (email verified)

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Very Pleased I am finishing my BA in Psychology on the 14th of next month. This is the only online course I have taken, so I have nothing to compare it with. I had approached several colleges which offered online formats. Ashford was the only one that actually responded by phone. This told me something. My only concern was that, I had an enrollment advisor who was replaced by an academic advisor after the first course. Have had two since. I am applying at Grand Canyon U. for my graduate degree in counseling. It is my understanding that that one advisor will be with me through out my education with them. In addition, some people have advisors who check with them on a regular basis. The only one who checked in with me is the current one who called me once. Some of the students do seem subliterate in their forum posts. Besides these slight complaints, I have had a good experience. Ashford applied a lot of my previous experience as life credits. For instace, I received credits for attending Combat Engineer school for the National Guard (for building materials) and for a hazmat course I took as a volunteer fireman. The classes are demanding, requiring lots of reading and writing. APA format is strongly enforced. This is good, I am finishing my education at Ashford with a sense of accomplishment. Instructors are supportive and responsive. Financial aid has gone smoothly. It has paid for all my classes and have received stipend checks two or three times a year which helps with finances. The text books have been excellent. My last concern, as I am graduating, has been for the transferability of my credits. Ashford is regionally accreditted. The military advisor at GCU, who is assigned to me told me without hesitation, that my credits would be accepted. At 55 yrs of age, I have always wanted a college degree. My wife is a T 6 spinal cord injury, and I work full time. The online class has allowed me to meet all my responsibilities and get an education. If you are motivated enough to utilize an online format, I recommend Ashford. It is a challenging course, but a whole team is at your disposal to assist you. Thank you Ashford for an over all good experience.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 1, 2009 (email verified)

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Excellent School Ashford University's MBA program has provided me with an excellent education and experience. I would highly recommend it to any professional who is looking pursue an MBA or any advance degree that they offer. All of my professors are PhD’s who have excellent educational backgrounds.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 26, 2009

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Bachelors of Social Science/Education I enrolled here around this time last year and went for a while, but after getting a job at University of Phoenix, I decided that a free education is better than paying for one. Well I hated my job at U of P and resigned. Now I am going to return. Ashford has the best program for working adults, especially those like myself who hate traditional school. Once class every 5 weeks will fly by and before you know it, you are done and moving on to another course. I would recommend this school to anyone and would def agree that most reviews that are negative here are the people writings fault more than the school. Just because you aren't disciplined to do your work isn't Ashford's fault. Take responsibility for yourself!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 26, 2009 (email verified)

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10 th class This was my problem. I asked Mr. Robison, my professor at the time, if he could elaborate on the assignment due dates. His response was, "not everything in life is easy". I thought to myself maybe this teacher is a joker or something. I emailed him again with the same question. He responded back a week and half later, telling me there's nothing can do. "Assignments are due on Tuesday and Thursday." I replied thanks I suppose every teacher at Ashford has their own teaching styles. Ever since that day I nothing but problems. blackboard was down one day. So I called tech support. They told me their having diffulties but they will note in my record, just tell the instructor. Which I did through email. Explaining that my paper and posting are going to be late because the systems down. This instructor gives me a 0%, then after I complained he revised it and gave me a 80% because it was submitted late. I told my acedemic advisor and she told me all instructor have the discretion of accepting a paper late or not even if there is a tech problem. My beef is that is wasn't my tech problem it was the schools. It's like going to school the day of your test and the school is closed because of a bomb threat. then the teacher gives you a 0% or late points. Totally not fair.
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Jmckinney1978 (In Progress) on October 26, 2009 (email verified)

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Rought Start, but Worth the Wait! Ok, I've been in my program since June, and I am finishing up my 4th class. I had a VERY VERY rough start dealing with financial aid. Unfortunately, it took 5 months for my financial aid to get processed due to errors on my part and miscommunications from AU's financial aid office, however, I can say that it's worth the wait. They have a generous transfer credit policy which helps you graduate sooner. Although I had a headache trying to get through the financial aid process, and many times it was difficult trying to reach people to talk to (enrollment counselor, financial services advisor, academic advisor), but I will say this: IF you can get through the headache of miscommunication, waiting to hear from someone, trying to reach people and can't sometimes, you'll be satisfied with the school overall afterwards. I think the only complaint I really have is that it would take days for a return call back or email from my enrollment counselor, academic advisor and financial services advisor, which often got on my nerves. HOWEVER, I look forward to becoming an AU alumni...this is my honest opinion, and I don't have any other complaints about MY INSTITUION OF HIGHER LEARNING!!! GO SAINTS!!! :-)
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 6, 2009 (email verified)

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non compliance professor I recently finished my 8th class at Ashford,I know that the people in Iowa are a bit slow so I never made a big deal of it. I had a death in my family which I fully made my professor aware of and after emailing her to get a due date on my final paper, SHE never replied so I email her again today and she turned in the grades today. I submitted my paper just a couple of hours ago. She responded to my 2nd email. I failed the class .. Wow , my GPA just took a dip like the stockmarket. where do I go from here....?
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Pnewmark (In Progress) on October 6, 2009 (email verified)

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MA in Healthcare Admin - great program I am currently enrolled in the Master's in Healthcare Administration Program. I have a Bachelor's from a large, public university in Oklahoma. I'm also a CPA. My experiences with Ashford have been very good and I find the coursework to be challenging. I guess it's up to the individual. I know I will have to work hard to earn my grades and, eventually, my degree.
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Ecsc130 (Graduate) on October 4, 2009 (email verified)

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Ashford University review After having attended this univeristy and performing extensive research into other academic venues,I found this University to be ideal for the working adult who needs to obtain a viable degree. I genuinley worked for this degree although, I had over twenty five years of law enforcement experince, which made it easier to comprehend. The course reports were just long enough to make you think but short enough not to exhaust you mentally. This program was a great experience for me, and for those of you who have adult life experince this is a ideal avenue to get an accredited degree, as I am now in law school because of getting this degree. Good Luck with your reserach
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Vaslim1946 (In Progress) on September 20, 2009

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financial aide I am enjoying my classes,but the financial aide office need to improve greatly.They are rude and don't know ther job mvery well.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 13, 2009 (email verified)

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No Problems so far I have been attending Ashford University for over a year now and cannot really complain about the quality of the courses. No financial worries either since my GI Bill covers the cost and then some. I did have a slight communication problem with one of my previous advisors but she was either transferred or otherwise left before I could complain and my current advisor has so far been very attentive to my concerns. Before Ashford I had studied at a few traditional brick and mortar colleges (Santa Monica College, San Francisco City College, Wright State University) and the actual coursework (readings, papers, etc) is pretty much on the same level, the only thing different being the "classroom" experience. I actually get more out of the online format than I did in the classroom but that is probably because I don't participate much in live classrooms anyway, preferring instead to just get on with it and do the readings and assignments. The same is true for my time at Ashford in that while they do require a certain amount of discussion posts, the assignments are really what matters so it pretty much works out for me. What I'm worried about is how credible the degree will be considered. I have read and researched much that states that online degress from Ashford, Phoenix, Kaplan, are not even looked at twice by potential employers. However, given my choice of degree - Communications Studies - in relation to my current occupation and work situation, I think I should be ok. Since I work for the government and Ashford is accredited, the degree will help to supplement my existing experience and skills with further advancement in my civil service career. However I would worry if I was expecting to get a position in a more technical or scientific field such as Information Systems based on an online degree since I think most of those fields often require some sort of practical application in addition to the book learning. With that being said, I think that an online degree such as the ones being offered through Ashford are more applicable to someone who already has viable work experience. Whereas employers may shy away from an applicant with only an online degree, they may be more open minded to those who they may see as having attended college later in life wanting to improve on their already existing skills.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on September 12, 2009 (email verified)

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Not a School It's true. I could probably learn as much about business a daily dose of Facebook. The Blackboard system works okay, but whew! the caliber of students-as well as instructors became a source of resentment over the course of the 2 years it took me to complete this program. I believe the instructors are told to hand out A grades liberally. I never received anything less than an A. Instructors often posted some impressive resumes, but were not involved with the class/Blackboard posts; except for a bunch of one-liners. I have a complete library of business texts now: haven't sold them yet...I could just as easily reread these texts and complete the exercises at the end of each Chapter and learn more than I did through the program. How could I not mention the lack of credible academic rigor? I recommend that one might better go to a REAL school. I am registered for my second Master's Degree now; at a school with real people and real interaction.
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Gretchen1112 (In Progress) on September 8, 2009

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A Big Disappointment The admissions representative gives a RaRaRa! speech and is available all the time. Once you start classes, all staff disappears. Be aware that you cannot take off in between classes - not even a week. The advisor will tell you that you can, but the school automatically enrolls you in the next class. I was told that I would be able to take my pre-planned and paid-for vacation after my 1st class was over. WRONG! The 1st class ended on Monday and the 2nd class began Tuesday. When I asked why I was enrolled in the 2nd class on that date, I was told that if I took 1 day off, I would loose my funding. Bye bye Ashford.
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Tntcullen (In Progress) on September 1, 2009 (email verified)

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Just about Finished I really believe people just like to give bad ratings and there is real no merit behind those ratings. I have been at Ashford for over 2 years now and it has worked out well with my job and family. The classes were good and there was alot of work. Make sure you stay on top of the work because you can get behind real fast. I have had two family emergencies during the two years and both times my academic advisor was there to help. I have one class left to go and then I am done, Sure its no Harvard or MIT but it is still a great college and I am proud to say I will graduate from Ashford.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 24, 2009 (email verified)

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Good School!!!! I will say that I used to work for Ashford as an Admissions Manager, and while I didn't agree with policies and procedures there or feel that I didn't get treated fairly, I would have to say that Ashford is a great school! Faculty and other university staff show they are dedicated and all about the student. I am not going to let my work experience there come into my overall rating of Ashford, everyone cares about students there and that's all the makes the difference. I will be graduating soon and I am very proud to have come this far.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 15, 2009 (email verified)

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Ashford is an Excellent Online Option My experience with Ashford has been excellent. Coming from a traditional in-seat experience at Broward College in Broward County, Florida, I feel that my knowledge from the curriculum at Ashford has definitely widened my scope. The professor's posed challenging questions and excellent feedback within the Blackboard forums. Get ready to do a lot of writing in pure APA format! Yes, you will have to be responsible for making contact with both your academic advisor and your financial aid advisor on a regular basis in order to fulfill the tasks you hope to achieve at Ashford, but that would be at any college in which you take initiative. I am currently in the final two courses (yes you can take two courses concurrently) of my Bachelor's of Organizational Mangagement and find that any college I am hoping to attend for my Master's in Public Administration have stated they will transfer the entire degree towards their MPA. That is of course, if I choose not to continue on with Ashford's MPA in October. Ultimately I only required eleven courses with Ashford in order to obtain my BAOM, so I was able to complete that task starting in January of 2009 and ending in September, 2009. Be sure to as about the PLA program (Prior Learning Assessment) as I was able to eliminate 23 elective credits by submitting a one page Credit Rational paper and $30 per credit. I don't think you can complete your BA at ANY other college in eight to nine months! As a Deputy Sheriff it will provide me an opportunity to advance within my career and my employer is not concerned with Ashford's 'credibility' because they have heard from many different agencies that they are excellent! On a scale from one to ten, I would give Ashford, its professors and its administrative staff a ten! Good luck in your endeavors.
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Ilovetoteach1 (In Progress) on August 12, 2009 (email verified)

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I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS COLLEGE!!!!!!! I HAVE BEEN ATTENDING ASHFORD FOR THREE YEARS NOW AND I STILL LOVE IT. OF COURSE IT HAS ITS BAD POINTS AS WITH ANY COLLEGE. I FOUND THE SUPPORT ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. THEY RESPOND ALMOST IMMEDIATELY. MY LOCAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE NEAR ME WOULD NEVER EVEN RETURN MY CALLS OR EMAILS. I AM DISABLED AND COULD NOT CONTINUE GOING ON CAMPUS TO A COLLEGE BECAUSE OF MY HEALTH. THIS COLLEGE HAS MAD IT POSSIBLE TO ACHIEVE WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE IMPOSSIBLE. I CAN NOT TAKE TEST BECAUSE OF SEVERE ANXIETY BUT AT ASHFORD, THEY HAVE A PROGRAM THAT DOES NOT MAKE ME TAKE TEST OR FINAL TEST. STUDENTS HAVE TO WRITE ESSAYS INSTEAD OF STUDYING FOR FINALS. IT HAS ELLIMINATED MY ANXIETY PROBLEM. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS COLLEGE, BUT ONLY IF YOU ARE WILLING TO REALLY LEARN HOW TO WRITE. THEIR EXPECTATIONS CAN BE HIGH WHEN WRITING ESSAYS. THERE ARE AT LEAST TWO PAPERS IN EVERY CLASS BUT NO FINAL TESTS TO CRAM FOR. THANKS GOD. LOL. I AGREE THAT THE LOAN PROCESS IS VERY SLOW BUT IF YOU ARE AWARE OF THIS, YOU CAN EASILY MAKE IT WORK. I BUY ALL MY BOOKS USED AND HAVE ONLY BOUGHT ONE BOOK NEW IN THREE YEARS. MY AVERAGE COST PER BOOK IS HALF THE PRICE OF THE NEW BOOKSTORE PRICES. IF YOU WANT MY ADVICE, AND WANT TO LEARN TO BE A GOOD WRITER, THEN ENROLL IN THIS COLLEGE. I PLAN TO STAY AT ASHFORD WHEN I GRADUATE WITH MY BA AND GET MY MASTERS WITH THEM. THIS COLLEGE MAY OR MAY NOT FIT YOUR NEEDS AS WITH ANY COLLEGE. SO DO YOUR HOMEWORK. LOOK AT THEIR EXAMPLE CLASSES ON BLACKBOARD. ASK MANY QUESTIONS AND YOU SHOULD MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION ABOUT WHICH COLLEGE TO ATTEND. THIS COLLEGE IS NOT FOR EVERYONE AS WITH ANYTHING IN LIFE. GOD BLESS, COLLEGE MOM
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Watsonlisa15 (In Progress) on August 10, 2009 (email verified)

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~Cont ~ Previous Post I find it hard to believe that the President of the United States would deliver a major national policy speech at Ashford if this school was not kn