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Ashford University

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Ashford University is a for-profit, online university headquartered in San Diego, California. Formerly Mount St. Clare College in Iowa, the University was purchased in 2005 by Bridgepoint Education Inc., who changed the name to Ashford University and opened a campus in San Diego. The Iowa campus was closed in 2016, and now Ashford University hold all of its classes online, offering associates, bachelors, and masters degrees in more than 50 different majors through five different colleges: Forbes School of Business and Technology; College of Education; College of Health, Human Services and Science; College of Liberal Arts; and Honors College. Over 41,300 students attend Ashford, which has a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio. The tuition for a year of full time online classes is $11,032. Accordingly, Ashford was on the National Center for Education Statistics 2015 list of most affordable four year colleges, with a tuition that was 33% lower than the national average.

Common positive reviews of Ashford cited their helpful professors, interaction with peers, and how it inspired them to achieve and learn the importance of self-directed effort through their studies.
Common negative reviews complained about a lengthy orientation process, Ashford’s low graduation rate, costs, and the staff.

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Online Associate’s Degrees

  • Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Associate of Arts in Military Studies

Online Bachelor’s Degrees

  • Business (20 specializations)
  • Liberal Arts (15 specializations)
  • Health, Human Services and Science (10 specializations)
  • Education (8 specializations)

Online Master’s Degrees

  • Business (6 specializations)
  • Criminal Justice
  • Health, Human Services, and Science (2 specializations)
  • Education (5 specializations)

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Facts about Ashford University

  • Ashford University gets approximately 95% of its money from the US federal government, including $41 million from military tuition assistance and $26 million from GI Bill funds.
  • Ashford has been the subject of lawsuits and government investigation consistently since 2006.
  • Ashford is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.

Ashford University Locations

  • Online
  • San Diego, California

Ashford University Online Learning Features

The online curriculum is made for working adults. Ashford offers 5-week courses so that you can take one class at a time and still be considered a full time student. They also allow students to transfer up to 90 approved credits from other accredited institutions. In 2015-16 Ashford cost $23,131 for out-of-state students living off campus, the situation most online students attending Ashford find themselves in. The delivery method is asynchronous, meaning students can login at their convenience. Ashford prizes student/teacher interaction, communication via discussion boards, accessing course digital materials, and submitting work through its online platform.