Ashford University in San Diego

San Diego, CA

(Rating 2.6 based on 5 reviews)
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Ashford University offers 217-degree programs and 192 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1. 32.2% are women, and 67.8% are men. Ashford University is a member of 5 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Ashford University is 18085$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $14850 and $21887 per year. 19% of full-time Ashford University students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $39,100, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Ashford University is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Ashford University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$18,556
$30,001 - $48,000$15,382
$48,001 - $75,000$16,519
$75,001 - $110,000$12,096



  • Typical room charge for academic year: -

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  • Combined charge for room and board: 6520


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


35783 of Ashford University undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 79 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Ashford University number 14 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in California.

Students at Ashford University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Ashford University.

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Ashford University graduation rate is below the national average.

19% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Ashford University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This indicator doesn’t consider students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare educational institutions.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Ashford University is 13:1, that means that for every 13 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Ashford University the biggest percent of students are enrolled exclusively in distance education courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Ashford University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in U.S., but not in California.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Ashford University offers 217 programs in total: 187 are for Bachelor's degree, 18 - for Master's degree, and 12 are Associate's degree.

This is the middle number of programs in comparison with other 73 universities in San Diego county, with one of the highest number of Bachelor's degree. Ashford University is one of the few institutions in San Diego that offers an Associate's degree program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 192 distance education programs that are provided in the Ashford University: 162 are for Bachelor's degree, 18 - for Master's degree and 12 are Associate's degree.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be fully online as well as partially online and require on-campus meetings. So explore each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the California state average data to help you compare.


Ashford University provides coursework for undergraduate students and graduate students.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 45140 students with 1354206 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 6827 with 163857 credit hours.

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Student Reviews and Ratings for Ashford University

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If you give them your number, beware: These people NEVER stop calling. I requested info like 2 years ago and after I decided to take another route, I told them I no longer needed their services. Tell me why they’re STILL calling me to this day? These reviews are disgusting I can’t believe what this school has done to all these poor innocent people. Scamming them, taking their money, ENROLLING THEM WITHOUT THEIR KNOWLEDGE? No wonder you’re getting sued! I will NEVER enroll here. Not even if my life depended on it. Stop harassing me with your phone calls!

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I've attended Ashford University since 2014. The courses are quick and although it can become overwhelming to complete work in such little time (in addition to a very busy life) however they are over just that fast and if you need a time out you request one and it is granted. I've been to three other online colleges and this one is suitable. The deadlines for h.w. assignments are Mondays and Thursdays. The portal is easy and in my experience the staff are knowledgeable and helpful. The professors are not always quick to respond however, you can't blame them they work in a different time zone. I want people to know its a pretty decent college and I look forward to attending my graduation in October!

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The online school is a joke. The classes are super easy and you don’t learn anything of real value. The instructors do not offer insight or teach you to evaluate and absorb what you read. Just recite and add citations to whatever you regurgitate from the book. My student advisor was always helpful and responsive but the financial office is terrible! They lose paperwork constantly so that you have to submit and resubmit for months while being harassed by phone calls even when it states in your file that you are unavailable by phone at certain hours. They also told me I had a balance due, but when I called to pay I was told they couldn’t access my account to apply payment. That was until the balance got large enough for them to extract me from classes until I paid. I would not recommend this school because of the high tuition, terrible financial office, and mediocre courses. Please do not make the same mistake and find another school.

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I've been to other schools on campus and transferred here. I love this school and wish I could go back for my master's, but they don't have the degree I need for my career path. I love that the classes are only 5 weeks, so if you get tired of the subject, just know that it's almost over! Majority of the staff are highly educated and have many years of experience in the subject they teach. When I call in for questions or help, the staff is very friendly and willing to assist. Once you get past the first few undergrad classes, you'll notice the classmates still standing are the ones better equipped to succeed. There is a lot more paper writing than on-campus schools to ensure that you have an in-depth understanding of the subject. I graduated with a BA in Psychology and minor in Child Development. I recommend this school to everyone I know who needs the flexibility and a great education from a regionally accredited school.

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Hi everyone, I attended this University online for a year and a few months before transferring to another online University. This isn't a "complaining about the classes review", I actually found the courses to be extremely easy.... too easy in my opinion. The staff is very friendly and helpful for the most part, and the teachers are okay. HOWEVER, there are soooooooooooooooooooo many better Universities to choose from. I really should have done more research, but my friend is currently attending and recommended the school to me to finish my Bachelor's. Anyways, I transferred to a more recognized and accredited University for more than half the tuition and more value for what I'm paying in terms of support.

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Location & Website

Address: 8620 Spectrum Center Boulevard


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +8667111700

Institution is active in current year: 1

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