Review Averages: 5.5 out of 10 (166 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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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!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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!
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