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Before signing over your life to this college look else where. For starters they give you the run around when you have questions, if questions are answered nobody ever has the same answers. Some of the teachers that they have at this school seem less knowledgeable about the subject they are teaching then you are. And do not think you are going to get any help from them either, they say they will respond if you need them within a certain time, but it never happends.
Half the time the only way you know your doing good or not is when you see your grade. Even though the admissons state to you that its small classes and the teachers will interact more with you then other schools its a bunch of lies, most of the time you never even hear from the teachers. All that may be reading this might think I am only writing this because I failed or what have you, but to assure all of you, I was top in my classes, despite all the negative words I am saying about this school.
I was promised something in the beinging when I signed up and to my surprise nothing was true. The only good experince that I had was the help that Bonnie, my addmissions advisor had given me through out the time I was a student. So again before you sign up look for other options.
I've been a student at Ashford University for, officially, one year now. Initially, I was quite trepidatious about going back to college. Moreover, I was all the more ambivalent about an online university. So, with great care I researched Ashford. At one point I became afraid (due to some of the overly critical reviews on this very site).
In my opinion all of the explicitly hostile reviews are unwarranted. Deciding to attend Ashford was one of the best decisions I've ever made for my life and career. In addition to the subject matter in which I'm studying I've also learned a great deal of self discipline, motivation, and research/study skills (part and parcel to my major of course).
First of all one person (N. I believe)stated that Ashford did not require transcripts from other universities. That is a blatant lie. I attended two universities, prior to Ashford, and that was the first thing the enrollment advisor said that I would need. It took them a little while to transfer my credits in; however, they were required (as well as a highschool diploma).
Others have stated that the school is overprice and that they had to pay for their books. Well, that was not my experience. I only wish that I had done this sooner than later. Ashford has been the most cost efficient university I've ever attended. Moreover, every student has to pay for books (that is why you get residual money from your financial aid disbursements. Stop using it to go shopping and buy your books). If you want a tip buy books from online merchants at Amazon.com. I've saved hundreds of dollars on college literature just by putting in the effort to search.
Furthermore, Ashford--like all schools--is about having discipline and work ethic. You get in what you put out. Since attending Ashford University I've made the Dean's list three times and I'm going to recieve my BA in November.
If you don't do your work and don't make the effort to get in contact with your professors then it is up to you to contact your counselor and enrollment advisor and they'll nip it in the bud. However, unlike some of you, all of my professors have been nothing but professional and courteous. I've not had any of the nightmare horror stories. Sure, Blackboard did go down sometimes but that is every school that utilizes online learning. It happens. They understand that it does.
My initial ambivalence about online learning was unwarranted. As I said before I'm glad that I attended the school. As an adult learning this was the best, and only, option for me.
I highly recommend this for the student who is willing to put in the term and effort to treat themselves to a wonderful education. If you are making bad grades some of the onus goes on YOU.
I just finished my Bachelors at Ashford and although it wasn't easy, I did it. Ashford demands a lot of papers, in fact an 8-10 page paper every 5 weeks and this can be challenging.
You will have to manage your time very carefully because these professors stick to the APA style format to the letter, no exceptions. They are hard but fair and I learned so much. I am now enrolled for my Masters and enjoying my first class. Once again, it is proving to be quite challenging but I'm up for it.
The first thing I noticed about this school that made me skeptical was the fact that they didn't ask for transcripts from my previous schools. Any other school you apply to will not only ask for them, but require you to send them these documents before you can go any further into the application process.
The second thing I noticed was how pushy the advisor was with trying to get me to apply for financial aid. I have the ability to pay for school out of pocket and I made that very clear, but every time I talked with her she insisted that I use financial aid. One reason for this might be the fact that there are several charges that they do not inform you of. If you use financial aid, that money sits in an account at the school where any charges can be deducted. $1000 to use blackboard? Are you kidding me?
Every other school I have been to has blackboard and I have never been charged a cent, unless it comes out of tuition. I had to call and talk to several different people just to find out what these charges were. All of a sudden my account said I owed $1000. This is absolutely crazy to me. The advisors also were very persistent in asking me to tell other people about their school and try to get them to come. My advice is to stay far away from this school. I still have questions about this charge and everytime I call the person I am suppose to talk to is not in. So what do they do? They block me from my blackboard account. Meaning I am falling behind in my class. But it doesn't matter. Im done!!!
I have already started looking at other schools and have applied at one. Western Governor's University. It seems pretty legitimate to me. They have already asked me to send in transcripts, the one basic thing Ashford didn't do. I recommend WGU. I without a doubt do not recommend Ashford. Please, stay away!!!!
I did continue classes and really regret it now. I want out and not sure what steps to take. I failed my last class and contacted my advisor through email because I could not reach her on the phone. She finally reschedules my class but that has done me no good. I can not post my work in the discussion group every group says access denied. I am now a week behind and I can not reach anyone. I have sent several emails and made several calls. I stayed on the phone for over a hour waiting for tech support and no one ever came to the phone.
Far as I am concern the school is out for money and once they get it they set you up for failure. I still have not recieved a check and I been in the classes now over 90 days. Books are exspensive and you have to pay for them out of pocket. With me having no income I had to beg borrow and plead my family and promised them when I got the money that was owed back to me I would pay them back. Thanks Ashford for kicking me!
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