Review Averages: 5.5 out of 10 (167 reviews)Penn Foster Career College is known for its self-paced, career-focused associate’s degree programs, bachelor’s degree programs, and diploma programs. Some examples of online program offerings include business, criminal justice, fashion merchandising, and veterinary assisting. Penn Foster also offers a self-paced high school diploma program that students can complete at home.
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I feel accomplished
High School Diploma - July 14, 2015
First off I am a full time stay at home mom who recently got out the army after six years. One day I told my husband that I wanted to finish up my high school education. He asked me if I wanted my GED or my diploma? At first I said a GED would be ok I guess but then he said no you actually completed high school you just didn't pass the graduation exam. so you shouldn't cheat yourself by settling. I tell you what Im so glad he said that to me because I am now only 3 exams away from completing my diploma. although I only had to complete 5 courses it was still hard I was supposed to graduate in 2008 and its 2015 I haven't seen most of the work since then. I am here to say that with the dedication to stay up countless hours reading the course materials and making sure you complete at least two assignments a day you will be done sooner than you think. I know if I can do it anyone can after all I have the attention span of a child I'm so easily distracted. Once you turn your phones and the TVs off and staying off the deadly social media you will be surprised at what you can do. I have stayed up 4-5 hours after my family had gone to bed to get work done. You have to do what you have to be successful. your success is up to you!!!!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Waste of time
Automotive Technician - June 30, 2015
This "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
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Pharmacy Technician - June 12, 2015
I AM IN THE PROCESS OF TAKING THE PHARMACY TECHNICIAN PROGRAM! SO FAR EVERYTHING IS GOING WELL! I HAVE NO COMPLAINTS!
PENN FOSTER IS THE BEST!!!
High School Diploma - June 7, 2015
GO FOR PENN FOSTER!!!!! IT TOOK ME A COUPLE YEARS AND FINALLY MADE IT. I GRADUATED THIS MONTH AND IM SO HAPPY TO KNOW I CAN FINALLY MOVE ON TO COLLEGE. :)
Veterans Affiliated Really?
High School Diploma - June 4, 2015
They claim to be VA Accredited Which is right but not as a Full time student. The Va will only pay for a one !/4 of the bill because its no different than any online school. The school say's that you go at your own pace but if you graduate from the 8th grade to the 12th grade in 3 years you have completed 4 years of school. This is not part-time but you are lead to believe that the VA will pay you full time as a student. How wrong can you get. I cancelled the program when I called the VA but the VA Rep told me a different story so I am stuck with a 3000$ a year bill. The CO by the name is Frank F. Britt is a rip off. ZENEIDA DAVILA
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not a negative thing to say!! PF Proud!
Veterinary Technician - June 2, 2015
I absolutely love Penn Foster College. It's impossible to come up with even one negative comment. They do offer online programs, so if you aren't a self-starter, or able to motivate yourself to keep going, it's probably not for you. I have taken many online courses through community colleges, and have had some bad luck. I was hesitant to pursue another online degree, but really wanted to take an accredited Veterinary Technology program in order to become licensed as a technician. Penn Foster was my only real option, as many brick and mortar schools do not offer night classes. Boy, am I ever thankful for Penn Foster!! The Vet Tech program is tough, but fair. It definitely enables students to learn everything they need to be knowledgeable in the field, and also to pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam. The director of the program, Jim Hurrell, is amazing and inspiring! He is active on the student community, and the Vet Tech Facebook page. He makes himself very available to students, and it's clear he has such a passion for education in the veterinary field! The other major bonus with Penn Foster programs is their amazing affordability!! I have quite a lot of debt because of past student loans, and thanks to Penn Foster, I will earn this degree, and owe the school no money at the end of it all!! They offer a VERY affordable payment plan, and their prices are a fraction of what some of my friends have paid for other schooling in the same field!! I truly believe that if you are able to motivate yourself to stay on track, Penn Foster is the best online school there is! I would recommend it to anyone!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
finally did it
High School Diploma - May 30, 2015
The school is good so far as being patient....although i do believe that you should get an e-mail. Stating that courses completed and graduation. Date plus anticipated date for diploma to arrive.I just graduated Yesterday!!!!I am so happy about it since it took me every bit of 3 years plus had to do 3 test retakes which costed $25 per course....nearlyv fainted when i saw how much money i had to pay to the school.I make waitress salary of $2.13 plus tips,i mean this school costs a lot......waiters need education too so i can progress to a better career but waitressing always comes in handy when customers actually show love for good service......I do pretty well,however doesn't. Hurt to change scenery.pennfoster is a lifesaver for me....,I finally graduated...at 34 years old !!!Don't. Goof off,come to pennfoster,you will be happy if you do.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Veterinary Technician - May 29, 2015
I LOVE PENN FOSTER!! I have been enrolled since 2012. This school is amazing! I am currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technician program to earn my Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. This Program is nationally accredited by the AVMA and we have an amazing pass rate for the VTNE (veterinary technician national exam) When I decided to enroll with Penn Foster I was living in Oklahoma and the closet brick and motor school was 3 hours away from me. There was no way I would be able to work and go to school. So I found Penn Foster. Not only was it amazingly affordable but I knew it was nationally accredited which was another major plus when you are a Vet Tech Student. And the fact that I was able to move back home to Arizona and bring my school work with me and work full time was a huge blessing! I have never had a bad experience since enrolling. The staff is amazing and always extremely helpful! We have one of the most amazing Program Directors ever! He is always there on our vet tech facebook page and on the school community to help answer questions or serve as a mentor! We also have a amazing student ambassador program (I am one of the 2015 ambassador and was a 2014 ambassador as well!) The ambassador program has given me even more reasons to be proud of my school. It has made me a better person and a better student. I have also met some of the most amazing students who have become amazing friends from everywhere in the US and overseas! If you are looking to further your education whether it be in Veterinary medicine or one of the other amazing programs the school offers please go with Penn Foster! It has been one of the most amazing decisions i have made and i couldn't be prouder to call my self a Penn Foster Student! Amanda
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Great online school
Veterinary Technician - May 27, 2015
I love Penn Foster School and would recommend it to anyone! This is my third program with Penn Foster, and I am in the Vet Tech Program now. The school is fully accredit, the program is wonderful, the Instructors are very helpful and the classes are fun and challenging. If you are looking for a program that is self-paced and payment plan friendly, then check out Penn Foster! Please note that if you are NOT a self-motivated person and need someone looking over everything you do you will not enjoy what you are learning! :)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Here's a positive review...
Veterinary Technician - May 21, 2015
Penn Foster is not for everyone, but fortunately...it's the school for me. I'm enrolled in the Vet Tech program and love it! It's an online school, an online program, but it's not easy; it's still college. My top advice I can give to any perspective students is to do your research BEFORE enrolling. Doesn't matter what program it is, always make sure you know Penn Foster's policies, program-related requirements, your state requirements, and any further information that applies to your career. I see several students drop out of their program because they didn't realize what was required of them. For example, Externships and Practicums...some programs have them, some do not. In the Vet Tech program, the Externship is mandatory or else you will not graduate. It's the responsibility of the student, not Penn Foster, to find their own site location where they will perform their externship. Students that did not research before enrolling are usually the ones angry and leaving negative reviews because they didn't know they had to complete an externship, find a proctor or site location on their own, unable to find an externship site that has all the necessary equipment (i.e. film-based radiographs), and etc. On the primary Penn Foster website where you view all the programs to enroll in, you can read an overview of your program of interest. I highly recommend requesting info by mail; I love looking through the brochure and forms. Most questions can be answered there. If one wants to hear from current students, join the Student Community and post to the corresponding program space to get more attention and responses. I love Penn Foster oh so very much. The school has helped me grow. I get all my emails, questions, and concerns answered in a fair amount of time. I have never had issues with Student CARE/Services. There are many frequently asked questions to read from that can resolve issues without having to contact Student CARE. One of my favorite features is the Live Chat. It can be found in the Student Portal's Help Center. If you have a question for Student CARE, besides calling and emailing, you can immediately get it answered through Chat. You just have to access it during business hours. Penn Foster is always in the works of creating something new for their students. They came out with a Study Planner which is available on your student account and can be downloaded as an app on mobile devices. You can create a plan for yourself to keep you on track throughout your studies, plan your graduation date or date to complete your semester. They created meet-ups so that students can get together and express their thoughts about the school and get to know the staff better. Penn Foster rules! Penn Foster Pride!
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