Review Averages: 5.4 out of 10
Penn Foster Reviews:
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Penn Foster is What YOU Make of It
Veterinary Technician - January 6, 2016
It is hard to get good critical reviews on Penn Foster. Penn Foster is what you make of it. If you read most of the negative reviews you will find that most are from people who find studying at their own pace and staying self-motivated a foreign concept. Most of their complaints are basically of their own making for not doing due diligence on subjects such as transfer credits, etc... Because of Penn Foster's low tuition cost they have many more participants than other colleges whose programs costs considerably more. Because of this statistical fact you are going to get more people who complain on issues that are not really legitimate problems, for instance: 1. All colleges and universities require complete payment before graduation (ALL OF THEM). Ever heard of student loans? Go to any college and try not paying your tuition in full and see what happens. 2. Not all credits are transferable from institution to institution, even among regionally accredited schools. This is the way it is and always has been. Heck I had a local community college not accept transfer credits from Notre Dame for certain subjects. If you are thinking about using Penn Foster as transfer credits then check ahead of time on transferability. 3. Although this should be self-evident, they are not going to hold your hand. They provide the basic needs to get your degree and certification. No frills. Penn Foster is not perfect, but having attended several different colleges they are by far not the worst either. They fulfill a certain niche in our society for military, working adults, etc... and are poorly served by recent high school graduates who expect to have their hands held and or those who cannot honestly engage in self-guided and motivated study. One final note, I contacted the AVMA and found out that Penn Foster fully meets their requirement for distance accreditation and that there are more expensive schools in the US that do not. Interestingly enough Penn Foster is not the highest school on their complaint roster, hmmmm. Again, it is what you make of it. It is too bad that many of the negative reviews, not all, are knee jerk reactions to problems that, truth be known, are of the author's making.
Medical Billing & Coding - December 31, 2015
I've doing Penn Foster Medical Billing/Coding classes since June. Half of the stuff has nothing to do with billing/coding. I've had to wait for my books to be shipped. More than half of them have been back ordered. When I had a question for my instructor, I would write and it would be weeks before they got back to me. Then I after I do a project I have to write to the instructor to get my grade. One time they had wrote to experience works (that is who paid for my class), they had sent them a final grade on my final test. Which I had never taken and I had to call them to get it straightened out. I wish I had never started the classes.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Human Resources - November 20, 2015
A heartfelt thank you, to all those who have made my dream a reality in achieving an Associate Degree in Human Resources, although I was faced with numerous challenges I was successful in the end. To the entire Penn Foster Team thank you without you I would not have made it. I am now ready to pursue further studies.
Beware of accreditation claims made by this school
Veterinary Technician - November 12, 2015
Beware of claims of accreditation. You will not be able to transfer credits to a real regionally accredited college (perhaps Excelsior in Albany). I called admissions as my daughter is interested in the vet tech program. Having a graduate degree in education and being familiar with accreditation standards and processes I am disappointed in the slick sales and poor standards this school represents. It does not take much to be honest to potential students. DEAC is worthless for post secondary (college), being ACE approved is not accreditation. If they are ripping off students as reviews indicate then a father's advice is to go elsewhere. If you want a real college degree go elsewhere. I applaud your motivation to improve your life and accomplish something important. If you are not interested in a college degree that is recognized or if you feel that this place has what you need then press on. But read everything (to include these reviews) and ask questions before you sign up. The bill collectors do not care if you did not do your homework prior to the debt. My daughter will go elsewhere and is already a vet assistant. Ciao.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Business Management - October 16, 2015
I just want to say that I am glad I did not listen to all of the negative comments about this school. I am in my 5th semester of the Bs Business Management degree program. I have experienced nothing but great things. If your willing to put the time and effort in, you will reap the reward. I am in middle management for a well known company and in order to move up the corporate ladder, I must have a bachelors degree. By the way, they are reimbursing me my tuition and approved PF as an accredited program. My economics course I just finished was written by a Harvard professor, so I would say the content is very appropriate. Their credits are accepted by RA schools, I have already contacted a school and was assured my bachelors degree would be accepted and I would be able to complete my MBA afterwards. My communication skills have improved dramatically as a result of the courses I have completed. And by the way, my Senior VP has noticed a substantial difference in my contributions I make to the team as a result of this degree program. So go ahead and sign up and get the education you have always wanted. -Happy future executive
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Veterinary Technician - October 2, 2015
Don't waste your time. I'm at the end of semester 3 and I'm going to finish. But choice some place else, I wouldn't recommend this program. The instructors are horrible, the courses are ok.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education - September 29, 2015
is "school" is a joke. the site is always down and having technical difficultys. way too much reading material and no hands on experience. in my line of work hands on is the only way to learn. i was basically doing this just to get a degree. if you really want to learn go to your local Boces . do not use this "school" Waste of time and money
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Incredibly Bad Program
Veterinary Technician - August 29, 2015
While the cost of this program is good, the quality of education and instructors is extremely poor. There are many technical errors in their curriculum. Many of the instructors are new to the field. The program director is basically a poster boy and has no real power in the program to help the students and defers to other faculty to make decisions. The skills that are required to be performed in the two practicums are AVMA required skills but the school requires pictures or videos. While videos actually show the skill being done. Still photography requires the technician student to stop and pose for each step which would not happen in a clinic scenario. The multiple amount of paperwork submissions required is ridiculous as well. If your supervising veterinarian signs you off on lab skills, it is redundant to have a PF faculty member sign off as well. In my opinion this is a poorly planned program. There is a reason they have 10,000 students register but only an 8% retention rate. While their VTNE pass rates are good, the only reason for this is the ones who actually finish the program are likely to take the VTNE seriously and pass it.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
veterinary assistant - August 22, 2015
Did not get what I hoped I would from this course, I quit my job so I could put everything into this because I love animals and I actually thought I would go somewhere with this, I did the Pet Grooming course years ago when they were Harcourt Learning and I learned more then than I did with the Vet Assistant course. If you want to take care of animals you should not have to take bullshit courses like Math and English which is one of the first things they make you do. Then the Biology was stupid , it was human not animal. I wasted alot of time and money printing out everything and keeping it in notebooks. Very disappointed & I didn't even make it through the 1st semester and they are charging me close to $1500 for one semester, I told them I can't do this & all they care about is getting their $$$$. May have to get a lawyer.
1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I still can't tell if it was worth it
High School Diploma - August 3, 2015
This school is for students who just want their diploma. The books they send out for literature are ridiculous; the one about Native Americans and 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' were okay, but the ones about a slave finding god and a short story about a homosexual boy killing himself made me feel uncomfortable. I even emailed the school and asked why we didn't read any of the nationally required books and they never answered. It feels like the school gives more privilege to the Christian students, seeing that they allow them to say that woman deserve to be raped (because me wearing shorts on a hot summer day turns men on and they can't control themselves) and the staff doesn't stop them from discriminating against the LGBT community. A majority of the students can't even spell correctly. But hey, I'm not going to college.
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