San Diego, CA
Ashford University


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Recent Reviews

Mindy
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

I chose Ashford University after speaking with their faculty on the phone and found their faculty very informative, understan...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

I chose Ashford University after speaking with their faculty on the phone and found their faculty very informative, understanding and forthcoming. Ashford University has an easily accessible website with many ways to research information for projects or essays within their excellent library and other wide ranged available resource tools. When I started school at Ashford University, working full-time and raising three kids at the same time makes it hard, but I did it. I graduated in 2012 with my Associates Degree in Business, because Ashford encouraged and believed in me and helped me do the same thing for myself.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I could talk to myself as a high school senior would be a miracle, since I never was a high school senior. I had my son at the age of 17, did not graduate with my class in 1994, but recieved my GED in1997. If I could tell that girl who sat in GED class among her fellow classmates anything, I would say, "No matter what the situation, love is the main objective, not profit." "Be humble, but not naive," and the most important message, "Focus and believe in your goals to give yourself faith, validity and value."

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing about going to school is finding a job that will help me further my career choice within an administrative field, Public Administration. Having a degree that says I know vs. having actual experience in the field makes the difference. There is no emotional support or financial support on the home front, and I rely on my college for hope and always rely on myself for money, so leaving my cook job of thirteen years, because of some rather disturbing and obvious unsanitary reasons not applicable, the most difficult thing about going back to school is money.

James
What kind of person should attend this school?

This school is geared for all students from the traditional non-student to the student returning to school after many years o...

What kind of person should attend this school?

This school is geared for all students from the traditional non-student to the student returning to school after many years of absence. Classes can be taken at the campus or online.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I were to go back in time and give myself advice, it would be simple and direct. You are ready for school right now as you are not disciplined or focused. You have not chosen a career carefully. In twenty years when you attempt to get a degree, you will be ready and the experience will be much different as technology and the theory of learning will have changed dramatically in your favor. Do not let your working class family and high school educators' lack of faith in you become baggage that you carry for the next two decades. The transition to online learning will be relatively simple for you as you will have literally spent years in the trenches of information technology. You will need to learn to take constructive criticism and not compare it to the negative criticism you grew up with in your family life. It will take discipline, perseverance, focus and determination to transition successfully. You will do it and I am proud of you.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

I cannot answer this statement as I have no complaints about this univeristy. Each part of the educational experience is geared towards creating an inentional learning experience that is heavily supported from the beginning to end. The staff is incredibly supportive and the instructors are knowelegeable and always available to the student. The beginning class for each freshman is class that helps the student identify their own learning patterns.

Shannon
Describe the students at your school.

Classmates range in age from 20's to 50's and seem to be very diverse based on the introductions posted for each online class...

Describe the students at your school.

Classmates range in age from 20's to 50's and seem to be very diverse based on the introductions posted for each online class.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I wish I could go back and tell myself to make the choice to enroll in college at 18 when I received my GED. I would tell myself, "you can do it, even though it looks like you can't right now. You can take one or two classes at a time and you can work part time, and you can make it through. It will be challenging, but you will also learn alot and it will give you the confidence you will need at the start of your career. It will be much more challenging if you wait until you are an adult with an established career and with all the responsibilities of maintaining your home life. Get the degree now, while you are still young, energetic and fresh. It will be a great accomplishment and a foundation on which to build your entire work/life experience."

What kind of person should not attend this school?

I don't know about the on campus classes, but only someone who is prepared to reduce their everyday life to work and school only should attend the online classes.

Elijah
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell myself to pay closer attention in class and get better grades. I would also tell myself to Think more about the ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell myself to pay closer attention in class and get better grades. I would also tell myself to Think more about the choices that I would make in the future. You have no idea how much your choices affect your whole life when you are that young.

What's unique about your campus?

The flexibility and how easy it is to navigate the site.

Karin
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Giving advice to my high school self would be this, go to college because you can do it. Everyone else’s negativity is what ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Giving advice to my high school self would be this, go to college because you can do it. Everyone else’s negativity is what told you that you would not be able to do it, but you can; you can do anything you set your mind to. College life is so different than high school life. In college, you are an adult and are treated that way. You are allowed to make decisions for yourself without having to check with your parents. You decide what your future is going to be. As long as you work hard at what you are doing, you will succeed; you make that decision and no one else. Study hard but be involved with your school and if you can handle it, get a part time job to keep things enjoyable. This will make you a well-rounded person, but if you see things getting rough, then back off of the job and put your concentration on the job you are at school for, getting your education. Going to college will make you proud and happy and give you the confidence to know you can make it in this world.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known that they do not offer their online students any type of scholarships.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

Most of the professors I had were great and were available to me and would respond to my emails in less than 24 hours.

Jessica
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Ashford university online provides quality education that challenges its students to think critically and effectively manage ...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Ashford university online provides quality education that challenges its students to think critically and effectively manage their time because of the rigorous requirements of its online curriculum.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

They care about their online students.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

You’re probably thinking to yourself that you’ve got it all worked out. You’re going to go to college and graduate. Well, you do end up going to college and you are making good grades, but sometimes life happens and you begin to wonder whether it’s all worth it. You get a taste for the money you’re making at a new job. You go out and party, spending the money you’ve earned from your wages. You wonder why need a college degree when you’re making more than minimum wage and with benefits. You decide to skip college and see how far you can go without a degree. Well, I hate to break it to you, but luck doesn’t last forever. Without a degree, you aren’t qualified for jobs that you know you can do because you’ve done them before. My advice: go to college and get your degree while you’re still young because you’re going to need it to get that foot in the door.

Kathleen
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

I enrolled at Ashford University because it had on line college classes, and I lived in a rural area and driving to college e...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

I enrolled at Ashford University because it had on line college classes, and I lived in a rural area and driving to college everyday was not feasable. I love Ashford University, and I am very happy.And I was using a VA GI Bill called Post 911 Bill for college. My Post 911 Bill was only good for 36 months, and I am short one year to get my BA.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known the VA was so picky, and someone had told me my classes were back to back for a reason. I am short money for 8 more classes to complete my major BA in Environmental Studies, and minor in Human resources.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Take a year off from High School, then decide what you want to do in life. Then go back to college with a plan on how to get funding to go to college, and find ways to keep any college loans you get and keep the costs down by paying them monthly.

Joanna
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

To me, I beleive Ashford University is know for its convinience and its pricing. Also for the way the staff gets together to ...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

To me, I beleive Ashford University is know for its convinience and its pricing. Also for the way the staff gets together to make sure you have all necessary tools to go forward with your educational journey.

What kind of person should attend this school?

I beleive any kind of person no matter gender, religion, race should attend this school. The sign up process is a breeze and everything is layed out perfectly. The communication with the staff is a plus.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Assuming I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself not to give up. Senior year is the ending of a rough 4 years but also a beginning to a new start. I would tell myself to focus on studies, to focus on my long term goals. I would tell myself not to worry about friends or the current parties or even that one boyfriend that you might think you're in love with. I havent been in highschool since 2006 but if I knew then what I know now I would have definitely did things differently. I would have told myself to go to college sooner and get a career rather than a "job". Advice can get you very far in life when given from the proper person who is wise and knowledgeable. So overall, assuming I can go back in time and talk to myself as a high school student, I would tell myself to persue in everything possible that would get me to where I want to be in 5-10 years because thats when you're able to then build the rest of your life.

Carolyn
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If given this opportunity of going back and giving myself college advice based off of what I know now, I would definitely sta...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If given this opportunity of going back and giving myself college advice based off of what I know now, I would definitely start with the advice of not procrastinating. Get down to business with filling out as many college applications. Not only allowing yourself a greater array of options, but also allowing yourself the greater chance of the college experience you want for yourself and not having to settle. Another piece of advice would be, filling out as many scholarships as possible. Seriously! College will kill you with debt, and if you are able to not have to come out of pocket but instead pocket some extra money for the future, is strongly encouraged and recommended! I would also say to go on as many college visits as possible. You can only take so much information about a college from online, but nothing beats you actually being on the campus and checking out the cafeteria and dorms in person. If I had the chance of taking these advices prior to attending college, I am positive I would be at a totally different college right now. Take full advantage of the opportunities in which offer the best college experience for yourself!

What kind of person should not attend this school?

I would say if you are one looking for a big campus, with expectations of college being like it is portrayed in movies, do not come to Ashford University. Honestly, if you are looking for the full college experience, Ashford is definitely not the college for it. Someone who is able to succeed in the classroom without that 1-on-1 interaction with professors, should also look beyond Ashford and into bigger schools for a better education and future resume.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing about Ashford University would be the class credits. Not being able to transfer to another college with all of the credits you received at Ashford; due to Ashford's unique system of class credits. It's almost as if you are locked in here for all four years of your undergraduate.

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