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Academic Flexibility


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4 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: I have had no problems so far in transferring credits. They request your transcript from previous schools;I didn't have to do anything except have my AP credit from highschool sent to AU.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academic Flexibility: My online classes was very convenient. It allowed me to go on trips and vacations with my family and friends without missing a beat.

1 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: My previous college credits was fully transferable.

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5 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: Best learning experience thus far! Quick 5 week classes with not too much workload

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4 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: The credit transfer process has some issues, but was resolved quickly.

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At Ashford, a bachelor's student can transfer up to 90 approved credits toward their degree. Students should talk with an academic adviser for more information. Most of the responses suggest that online courses are convenient and fit into many students' busy lifestyles. A typical online course at Ashford is generally five weeks and usually starts with an introductory discussion of at least 250 words to the instructor and classmates. The discussion is followed by at least three responses to your classmates' posts. This gives your classmates an idea of who you are and what your educational goals are and sometimes how long you've been in school. 

All online students are full-time, but students enrolled in programs at Ashford's campus in Clinton, Iowa, may take courses on a part-time basis. Course credit is generally three credits per course. Attending online classes requires the student to be in attendance at least three days of the week in order to be counted as present for the class. Completing and submitting assignments is fairly easy, but the student has access to the instructor's e-mail should he or she have any questions. Overall, enrollment, scheduling classes, and transferring credits are all fairly easy and do not usually take very long to complete.

Facts & Statistics

Credit Requirements - Full Time
18 credits
Credit Requirements - Part Time
11 credits
Average Credits Per Course
Average Course Load - Full Time
1 course(s)
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Academic/Testing Requirements
Generally, the academic requirements depend on the major. However, in order to achieve a bachelor's degree, 120 credits total is required, with a mixture of general education courses, electives, and major coursework.
Transferring Credits In & Out
Overall, credits are fairly easy to transfer. Just contact your academic advisor for more details.
Work & Life Experience Credits
Students can turn their work and life experience into transferable credits through the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Through work training, workshops, and other sources, students can earn credit for learning experiences by reporting them. Students can transfer up to 75 credits through Ashford's PLA program. Plus, students can turn in these credits to satisfy requirements toward their bachelor's degree.
Typical Session Length
A typical class is five weeks long, with the first day of class consisting of an introductory post to describe yourself and educational goals to your instructor and classmates, with at least three responses to your classmates' posts.
Class Style & Structure
Classes run continuously. Typically, students take one course at a time and move on to the next course without a break.
Course Registration Process
Opportunities for students to enroll and begin a course sequence in a degree program are available every week.

Student Polls

Describe the ease of the following    Based on 961 responses

Very hard
Very easy
  • Attending classes
  • Completing and submitting assignments
  • Enrollment process
  • Receiving financial aid
  • Scheduling classes
  • Transferring credits

How were your transfer credits awarded?    Based on 904 responses

  • 49% They replaced both electives and degree requirements.
  • 10% They only replaced core classes/degree requirements.
  • 10% They only replaced electives.
  • 10% None of my credits transferred.
  • 21% I'm a first-time student, so I had no credits to transfer.

Can you reasonably schedule classes around your work and family commitments?    Based on 905 responses

  • 85% Yes, there is a wide range of evening and weekend classes available.
  • 13% Some days I can, other days I can't.
  • 2% No, I've had to completely reshuffle my personal schedule to get to classes.

Did your school follow through with granting you the credit they estimated before you started?    Based on 904 responses

  • 64% Yes
  • 8% No
  • 28% Non-applicable



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