Ashford University is an online school that offers a number of degrees at multiple levels including bachelor's, master's and doctorate level degrees. With a student population of over 80,000, Ashford is a large school that offers people the option of the online college experience. Ashford originated out of Clinton, Iowa and initially started as a junior college for women. Ashford originated as a traditional college and then made the leap into online education in an effort to make their services more accessible to the public.

Originally established in 1918, Ashford University has grown to provide thousands of students the ability to obtain a degree that would not be able to otherwise. They are a for-profit university made up of four colleges: Forbes School of Business, College of Education, College of Health, Human Services, and Sciences, and the College of Liberal Arts.

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The Good

  • Program Amenities
  • 60% Job Placement Rate

Program Amenities

Ashford offers over twenty online programs for students to choose from. Nearly all students are accepted and they can begin pursuing a degree in an accredited program.

  • Ashford offers a variety of degrees ranging from business and health sciences to accounting and social work.
  • Ashford University is accredited
  • Ashford is approved to accept military GI Bill money.

60% Job Placement Rate

Within six months of graduation, it has been reported that an average of 60 percent of graduates are employed. These statistics can vary based on the program a student graduated in and how much prior work experience they already had.

The Bad

  • Program Weaknesses
  • For-Profit

Program Weaknesses

The online platform, while accredited, does not provide the same resources and opportunities that the on-campus students can take advantage of. While it does provide flexibility, there may be other aspects of the university online students miss out on. Other concerns from current and former students include:

  • Cost per credit hour ranges from $420 - $550
  • No credit for life experience
  • Ashford makes it very difficult to find the real stats on their school.


Like most for profit online schools, Ashford will accept just about anyone. They aren't the most expensive online school out there but they aren't the cheapest either. At the end of the day they are out to make money. With this is a basis we think that interest on how well their students do academically may be minimal.

The Bottom Line

Ashford University provides a number of resources to their student that are designed to help their students succeed. Their tuition costs are on the expensive side, but there is a level of flexibility that comes with the online platform.

Interested students will need to complete the following steps in order to be admitted to Ashford University:

  1. Register online
  2. Fill out all required information
  3. Submit required documentation

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