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Reviews 4731 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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4 College Senior

Campus Resources: The network itself seems rock solid. It has only been down for maintenance once in the year I have been attending. Loading the online classes never seems to take long, and never seems to hang. The time-out of the library and classroom portals does seem a bit short, but this is not a network issue, it is, unfortunately, by design.

4 College Senior

Online Courses: Ashford made it incredibly easy to return to school. I had previously gone to a brick-and-mortar institution, but with a job and other responsibilities, that was no longer a possibility. Though there are indeed deadlines for assignments, class participation and "attendance" is very flexible, fitting in with my schedule nicely. I do not feel that the convenience of online coursework has in any way provided me with a lesser education, and in fact, taking only one course at a time has helped me retain the course information much more easily.

5 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: Ashford has been very helpful, truly above and beyond, from my enrollment counselor to my financial and academic advisors, to instructors. I began my degree at a different institution, but left in search of another college after unresolved issues. Ashford has been very accommodating in terms of working with my class schedule while I continue to struggle with retrieving my transcript from the previous university. Their understanding and flexibility are so refreshing and appreciated. The instructors are so involved in the classroom as well. They are in close contact with each student, each assignment, very knowledgeable, and expertly handle teaching in the online forum. Ashford is top notch!

5 College Junior

Online Courses: As a single parent who works full-time, online courses have been a saving grace for me to return to school and receive a college degree. Ashford's program is flexible, the workload is reasonable, and the professor/student interaction is very enjoyable through discussion posts.

5 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: I chose Ashford University because of its online program, the cost associated with each course and the length of time spent on each course. I transferred from another university and the process was very smooth and all of my other college credits transferred to Ashford. So that helped me make the decision to attend their online program.

5 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: My experience with the financial aid process was very smooth due to the assistance of the Ashford financial aid department. I believe the quality of education I am receiving from Ashford is worth the tuition I am paying. I am currently a Junior and plan on graduating from Ashford University in 2014.

4 College Student

Tuition & Financial Aid: I am about to begin classes soon after so many years. Ashford U was the way to go hands down based on the assistance they provide to get going. I am thankful to the staff that have been helping me get ready for school.

5 College Freshman

Tuition & Financial Aid: The tuition and financial aid at ashford university is very cheap and helpful to everyone. I am a military spouse and they were able to help me with a discount. I wasn't able to use my husbands GI Bill but any discount helps a lot.

5 College Freshman

Campus Resources: I'm taking online classesbut formthe information postedon the web page everything looks well.

4 College Freshman

Campus Resources: We do require own own personal computer or access to the local library. But as far as the site for Ashford, it is quick, easy to use and you can access any resource that you need for your education needs!

5 College Freshman

Campus Resources: I give this University an A+. I believe this because the student portal includes anything that you can possibly be offered. They are always available to help out and ask any questions that may come up!

5 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: I can attend my class any time of the day or night you don't have a set time that you half to attend class as long as the post are in by the correct day it doesn't mater what time you log in to do it. also most teachers will work with you when life happens.

2 Recent Alumnus

Online Courses: Was hard at first specially for taking online classes for the first time.
I eventually get pretty good at the format.

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4 College Freshman

Academic Experience: Always there to help you when needed. Will answer any questions you had over the materials for the week.

4 College Freshman

Academic Experience: Very thorough and well thought out lesson plans. The instructors are always there to answer questions you have over the material and try to assist you in any way possible. So far, I have not had a single class that was just "useless." They've all meant something and I have learned from these classes.

5 College Sophomore

Online Courses: The workloads are very structured and for the most part manageable. One of the things I was worried about was how any questions I had about my course would be addressed. The instructors at Ashford are excellent about responging in a timely manner and are very helpful. All I had to do to become registered at Ashford was fill in the blanks, the administrative staff did everything physically possible that they could for me. My experience at this college has been outstanding and I am very pleased!

3 College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: They are very good about helping you acquire student loans, however they give you virtually no help with scholarship opportunities.

5 College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: they we fantastic about helping me through and explaining the process and i received a notice fast!

3 College Freshman

Student Body: Highly diversed classes with students having many common goals and values

2 College Senior

Tuition & Financial Aid: The tuition didn't seem like such a big deal compared to other universities I had previously attended. However, for the education that you receive, I would expect to pay less. It's nice to know what to expect with classes but I would like to be challenged in the classroom, not financially. Financial aid tries to be helpful but seems to have difficulty coming up with any solutions to problems, almost forcing you to go with their initial, and only recommendation. Short notice on holds and bills is what earned this grade.

4 College Sophomore

Online Courses: I have been very satisfied with online courses. The main importance tome is flexibility. Working full-time and being a parent can present challenges in it's own, an added burden of having to go to a campus is not favorable. Being able to set my own time of day from home to do schoolwork is the only way I could accoplish my goal.

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3 College Senior

Campus Resources: My school offers different kinds of online classes. I was able to have the opportunity to take my classes online.

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5 College Sophomore

Online Courses: I have had the opportunity to experience college courses both in a classroom and online. I have always tended to be a bit backward in crowds and find that I do just as we'll in the online realm as the classroom. I do however enjoy the freedom that online courses allows me. I have two active teens and work outside of the home, so the online courses at Ashford have been awesome for my hectic day to day life.

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5 College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: I am very pleased with Ashford's tuition. It's affordable and the help with financial aid was tremendous. The staff that I've had the opportunity to deal with has been such a big help, very patient, and answered every question I have had so far in a timely manner.

3 College Senior

Campus Resources: Although I am not able to be on the campus because of the distance, my experience with the online environment at Ashford has been mostly a very positive one. The student pages are easy to access and navigate, however my only qualm would be about the time limit that is set while signed into the student portal. Both in the 'classroom' and on the portal page, there is always the threat of being signed off while doing something critically important such as a discussion post, writing a long email to a professor, or even reading through my online text!! This can prove to be a huge stress factor and I wish it didn't exist because otherwise everything else runs smoothly and without issue.


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Valerie Harvey
Moyie Springs, ID
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Ashford University provides a great learning experience in a very unique environment. If you ask online Ashford students if they're happy with their choice to attend school there, most would probably say that they would do it all over again if they could, mainly because of its flexibility and convenience with schedules. The instructors are helpful and respond to questions in a timely manner, usually within one to two days. The instructors are helpful and encourage students to constantly look for better answers. Online classes are very convenient to students with complicated schedules; students can complete assignments at their own leisure, yet within the time constraints of deadlines. Most students find no problem completing their assignments.

A drawback of being an online student is that you don't have the opportunity to really check out the organizations or physical resources Ashford offers. However, the University does have an online library that students can go into from the Student Portal. The library is easy to use, and students can usually find most of the sources they need when writing a research paper. Even though it isn't your typical college interaction, the instructors and classmates are friendly and very helpful when you have questions. Students are able to help each other in unique ways. In one case, a student didn't have her book for class yet, and another student was able to scan a copy of the assignment and e-mail an attachment to her. Classmates are also helpful in post discussions and give each other timely advice and wisdom.

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