Review Averages: 5.3 out of 10 (156 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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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!
Is It Right For You?
Business Management - May 19, 2015
I started the Vet Tech program with Penn Foster a couple of years ago and didn't make it very far. Mostly because I was working and not motivated. When I decided it was time for me to go back to school, I came back to Penn Foster. I'm now enrolled in the bachelors business management degree. Why did I choose to come back to Penn Foster? It meets my personal needs. Penn Foster is nationally accredited, unlike your local community college or your state university which are most likely regionally accredited. It usually goes like this; regionally accredited school courses will transfer to nationally accredited schools but not all nationally accredited school courses will transfer to regionally accredited schools. Why? Because the regional accreditation requires a strict and rigorous course catalog, among other things. Schools like Penn Foster are usually career schools. The advantage is that they are able to change their courses as the real world changes and this keeps their students current. It would take a considerable amount of time and red tape to change the courses. If they had to go through all of the processes by the time they got approval for the change, there would be new information to add. So with that said, Penn Foster does have some courses that have been evaluated and are recommended for transfer by the ACE College Credit Recommendation Service. So if you plan on trying to transfer to a regionally accredited institution, keep in mind that only certain classes and credits will transfer. Also, If you plan to continue your education like I do, plan carefully. I want to get my masters and maybe even my doctorate someday. Not all Institutions will take my Penn Foster degree. Two more things that I like about this program...The tuition and the delivery system. Oh, and the self pace... sorry, three. Tuition is affordable and all study materials are included. They also have an online tutoring center. They offer affordable payment plans. I pay 60 a month right now, I think the lowest you can go is 49. The delivery system, all courses you can complete online, except. Except except except you may have proctored exams. But honestly that's not too big a deal. Go to your local library, the librarians are usually more than happy to help out. I also hear that in the vet tech program you can now be proctored through your webcam. Online, Affordable, SELF PACED. That's really the thing that gets me. Sometimes I get lazy, I don't want to be bothered with reading 80 pages by friday so I can attend class. I work, like the rest of the real world. I need time to tune out, pretend I don't exist. Then there are weeks where all I want to do is sit down and knock out three lessons. Those are things I can do with self paced courses. So, if you are considering Penn Foster make sure it meets your needs. As for faculty and staff, I've had nothing but good experiences with them so far. My questions are answered in a timely manner and they are always kind. But remember, they people not machines. people make mistakes, people get frustrated, people have bad days. No matter if its an online school, on campus, nationally or regionally accredited. They are trying to take care of a lot of people and if you can express your problems in a polite way they are going to try and help you. In conclusion you need to find out if Penn Foster meets your educational needs... It is your education, your life. Make an informed choice.
So Far So Good
Business Management - May 17, 2015
I am in my 40s and decided it was time to finish my degree. Since our income is too high for financial aid as well as working full time, this was both financially appealing and works around my schedule. The "classroom" setting is easy to maneuver, and there are quite a few resources that have proven helpful. (I am in my 1st semester) The Community (school social site) is glitchy and not my cup of tea - but there is nothing forcing me to participate in it. We used K12 to educate our children from home - one clear through 12th grade, and one through 8th grade. One is starting college in the fall, the other is an honors student with AP credits in a traditional high school setting now. We love online learning. I learned more with my children in our home classroom than I ever did through high school and 2 years of college. It's not for everyone of course, but if you are disciplined enough to set a schedule and meet your goals its fantastic! The study material so far has been wonderful; I'm enjoying it quite a bit. For those that are saying a brick and mortar school is the way to go; talk to me in 5 years when you are paying back student loans. The qualify of education you receive is in your hands with this school. Those that need a babysitter hanging over your shoulder hounding you to get your paper written should look elsewhere; everyone else, it's definitely worth looking into!
High School Graduate
high school diploma - May 6, 2015
This review is directed toward my youngest son's high school education. He always had difficulty in English with his spelling and reading. He did well throughout school, until mid high school. He left the local high school and attempted to attend the local "high school program" in a local college. This went off and on for about 1 1/2 yrs. The college was not aggressive with the consistency of their classes. I even asked them at one point, "Why is the classes, that he needs, not more consistent?"; "At this rate he will be 28 before he finishes". So I got mad and investigated another way for him to complete his studies, so he could obtain a high school diploma. After all no job today will look at you if you don't supply them one. And I wanted him to feel secure that all the difficult times the school systems gave him, would not leave a negative impact on him and his future. I found Penn Foster. We discussed the program to see if he would be interested in it. He choose to do it. We requested his transcripts to be sent to the school. All his previous class credits counted; so he only had to finish what he needed to, to obtain his diploma. He worked every day on his work, and 4 months later he graduated! What a happy time for both of us. They gave him a chance when all the others did not. And because of that he believed and believes in himself! So, I can not say it is a scam. You only get out of something, what you put in. The skies the limit, so fly!
High School | I love it!
High School Diploma - April 11, 2015
I am a military wife with a toddler. Moving around so much and raising my daughter that I had no time to sit in a classroom and finish my high school diploma. Penn foster has been nothing but amazing! The staff is always so helpful and there when you need them. The Student Community site they have is great! It is so nice to be able to communicate with other students and the teachers/staff. If you are considering Penn Foster you should do it! I have no regrets getting my education with them! -Courtney M.
Penn Foster High school... not impressed
High School Diploma - March 25, 2015
If you are intelligent at all and plan on going to university do not go here. It is one of the worst programs I have ever been in and I am constantly worrying if I will get into the university of my choice in a few years. I went from all honors and AP classes freshmen and part of sophomore year to kindergarten education and I am MISERABLE. Please do not enroll here. I am looking forward to finishing high school my junior and senior years. I hope doing this school doesn't ruin my chances to get into University out of state. I hope all my credits transfer. I did online school to help my stress and anxiety levels and they are through the roof worrying that my education isn't good enough- and here it isn't. I am 16 and I hope this didn't ruin my chances in uni. This place is horrible.
bad customer service
High School Diploma - March 9, 2015
Bad customer service experience. I would not recommend to anyone. My son could not attend college this semester because of lack of information customer service gives you. Is a hassle to deal with them
Computer Repair - February 11, 2015
When I started the class I later learn the books and material were already out dated. It takes forever to get threw or talk too someone. They also claim you can cancel a membership within a certain time, but as usual you miss the time frame by that much.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
PennFoster RVT - Upsides are Worth it for me
Veterinary Technician - January 16, 2015
I'm almost done with my first semester in the PennFoster RVT program, so I know I can't say too much so far. UPSIDES: - I find the program extremely affordable. I don't have the time or money to go to a brick and mortar school. -I work full-time as a vet tech at a clinic that supports my goals and wants to help me with my practicums, etc. I think if I didn't work in the field I'd have a hard time with school. I can already apply things I learn at PennFoster to my job, and both my job and my education are benefitting each other. If you're not working as a tech or assistant, try to do some shadowing. -it's online, and I already do enough driving, I also study better alone at home - when I'm in class, I'm waiting for it to be over so I can go home and study. I'll generally read a chapter and make crap tons of flash cards on Quizlet, then I'll watch the lecture videos while I cook or take a bath, then instead of falling asleep playing solitaire, I fall asleep studying my Quizlet App on my iPhone. I've found a way to make it part of everything I do, and I'm actually motivated to do the studying, I crave the knowledge. That's how you know you want to be in this field I guess. I can listen to the lectures when my eyes need a break, I can play loud music while I'm reading the books, I can rotate the laundry on my day off while I study, etc., I can study when I'm stuck in traffic or on a break at work or can't fall asleep. This is ideal for me. -You can take most of the exams twice - even if I passed the first time, I always retake it and try to get 100%. -The website is easy enough to use. DOWNSIDES: -I AGREE with some of the reviewers that the tests are ridiculously easy. Like, stupid easy, like I can't believe they're giving degrees to the people who are just searching for the answers in their book. Literally they are 20 to 25 questions. If you wanted, you could finish this degree in minimal time. Since I don't want to cheat myself and I want this to be a lifelong passion and career (not to mention I get paid more at most places just having the RVT after my name) I want to understand everything I'm reading, otherwise I'd have been done with the first semester 2 months ago. So, it's your education. I recommend taking advantage of the resources while you have them -GOOD LUCK getting a human being on the phone to talk to. Enough said. -It's annoying waiting for the textbooks to ship, they're not overnighted - that can get old when you just finished a class and are feeling really motivated, but can't do anything until you get your book in the mail. -THE COMMUNITY - I'm always getting emails saying I haven't "updated my status" on the PennFoster community site. I didn't get into this program to be with classmates though, I've got a Bachelor's and never made any friends in classes; I've been in my fair share of them. That's annoying that they want you to be..."social"... which is not my thing. I don't even have a Facebook, so that part is really annoying, but I understand the participation part of your grade. Just suck it up and get it over with. If you have no money, no time, a full-time job, give this program a try. People can complain about the service and the online aspects, but in 10 years nobody will care where you got your degree or how you got it. They will see you've been an RVT for 10 years. I've already got the experience under my belt of being an assistant for so long, now I will have the knowledge and the degree. Besides, who said this program will teach us everything we'll ever need to know? This is a field where we will be learning until we leave it; new ways of doing treatments, new medications, new technologies, continuing education seminars, etc. If that doesn't excite you, maybe this isn't the field for you. In 2 years I could be an RVT, or I could still be trying to pay for a brick and mortar school. The choice is yours.
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
too much money for all the problems!!
Veterinary Technician - January 10, 2015
Wow... i was so excited when I found this site. I have been wanting to write about pennfoster's online vet program since I left! Where to begin! Let's start with the people that work in the office. If you want a school where it takes FOREVER to get a human being on the phone, then choose this school. And then when you actually get someone, their phone lines are so awful that you can barely hear them! I finally had someone own up to it being the school's problem because she said, yeah we are working on FINALLY getting new phone lines. Seriously?! It was 2013 at that time, and I just thought and told her actually... I can't believe with all the money we shell out, they couldn't already have a better phone system. Oh and don't even TRY to call the administrative office. Throughout the span of 4 hours, in the morning I might add, I called about once or twice per hour. You would think SOMEONE would answer the phone right? Nope. Oh and my favorite part, is after having quit this school, I still have payments that I have to make, which was the ONLY good thing about this school, and it's funny how on the coupon books it gives you ways to make a payment. You wouldn't believe it, but one of those ways is to pay on the WEBSITE, that was SHUT DOWN, because you're no longer a student. Although, still keep your id, cause that's the ONLY way you'll get to speak to anyone or to make a payment. Next: the actual classes. Now I know it's a huge convenience having online classes, but that still shouldn't mean that no one should be introduced to each other or at least the teacher even. The online school I'm attending now actually has nicely set up discussion boards, where the teacher themselves are actually fostering an environment where they want their students to connect with one another. Wouldn't you believe it, that the students are showing signs they're thankful for that? So basically if you want a school where you have absolutely NO communication from the teacher, only when you have questions, and no communication from your fellow students... then this might be a good fit for you. Also, I gotta say, the tests they have set up are RIDICULOUS! I know it's online, but COME ON! Their exams would be 10-20 questions, when you've 4 chapters worth of reading! To be honest, I hate studying, but I'd at least want to be more challenged then that. How do they expect someone to pass a major vet exam, that would ultimately fully certify me, and they only ask me 10-20 questions! Here again, for the amount of money you're paying, you should expect more. At least more communication. The only good thing I'll say is that the books were definitely HARD CORE reading. One last thing. I know for some people online school for vet tech is a great fit. But to me, I honestly think that the best way to fully be immersed in this type of program is to physically be in a school. My learning style is hands on, so I learned real fast this wasn't the type of study for me, and at least in this field. (I just wished I would've found out sooner instead of now being stuck with a huge bill.) To be honest, for you pet lovers, would you really want someone working on your beloved pet, that only went to online school and then a few months of required shadowing with a professional? Just saying. You can't do in 2 years what it took those professionals YEARS to do.
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