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Penn Foster College

224 Reviews

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59% of 224 students said this degree improved their career prospects
59% of 224 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Reviewed: 5/2/2023

Degree: Criminal Justice

Gave me a 0 on the final exam because my computer died mid way. Will never recommend this school to anybody due to the uncompromising staff and rude workers. My computer died and I got a 0 for the semester final exam, what logic is this? Calling the school did not help at all but made it even worse. They said they will still take 2-3 weeks to grade the exam, even though I got a 0. 2 weeks wasted for me.


Reviewed: 4/25/2023


I do not recommend penn foster… they are charging me 1000 dollars I don't know the reason if I always paid on time even they don't let you continue the course if you don't pay month to month so I don’t recommend this online course. But if you consider signing up, ask all your concerns before signing up.


Reviewed: 4/10/2023

Degree: Private Investigator

Penn foster is an ok online school. I'm almost finished with the private investigations career diploma program and overall it's fine. It's affordable, self paced and accredited by deac which is recognized by the department of education. I have graduated from U.S. Career Institute with a certificate in 2022, am currently enrolled in Washington Technical Institute and have many certifications in the security field. Im also getting my undergraduate in business management from Ashworth College soon.... Read More


Reviewed: 3/20/2023

Degree: Medical Billing & Coding

I am on my last coding class. I am completely lost in the Buck coding instruction. They compact a lot of information into a chapter. There are no lecture explaining anything so I am lost. I have a BS and 28 masters units and have never had classes with no lectures at all. There has to be lecture or you leave students feeling overwhelmed. I was a 4.00 gpa in graduate school so I know it is not my study habits. There must be better schools that teach medical coding.


Reviewed: 3/8/2023

Degree: Veterinary Technician

The vet tech program though Penn foster is an absolute joke. Some of the course work is outdated and the skills no longer used in veterinary setting. The externship process is even more disgusting. They don’t offer any type of help beyond an email explaining that they can’t help you and you’ll have to figure it out. I’m currently enrolled and will likely not finish due to them not offering any kind of assistance or explanation as to why the skills I submit are unacceptable to them. I doubt any of... Read More


Reviewed: 2/19/2023

Degree: IT Training

I am guilty of writing reviews when things are bad, even though we should write when things are good. However this is a review of how poor the experience was that I had gone through with Penn and Foster. Right on their home page it says " learn on your schedule". This was something that appealed to me right away. I work 50 hrs a week and I am a single parent. When I have my daughter I start work at 6 am, I pick her up after school at 3:15 and work for another hour or 2 while I give her some time... Read More


Reviewed: 2/17/2023

Degree: Veterinary Technician

Don’t trust anyone who has positive words about this school. It was a disaster for me. The material seemed fine and super easy, books are basically free, but the proctors are IMPOSSIBLE - 6 questions for essentially entire textbook worth of information? I don’t care who you are, that’s ridiculous. The Facebook “group” was just full of drama. If you don’t pay off your semester by the next one, your monthly payments DOUBLE or at least mine did. They threw me in an English class (I have a bachelor’s... Read More

Leslie Mills

Reviewed: 2/14/2023

Degree: Medical Billing & Coding

It was great while I attended. I do wish they had better career help after you graduate. Communication was great. Courses were great the student portal was easy to navigate. Easy to do the licensing exams at the end. All around a great experience. I really enjoyed it.


Reviewed: 1/7/2023

Degree: Veterinary Technician

Currently enrolled in Penn Foster VT program. With 17 years experience and having already passed the VTNE via an alternative pathway , I’m finding the classes a breeze. I’m just starting my externship for the second semester… and I began this school Oct 22. I plan to be finished in less then 1 year. I will say I haven’t learned anything new - aside from maybe some livestock stuff ( not my vibe ) yet , and someone the info and techniques are antiquated , and i am able To pass all exams and proctors... Read More

victoria o

Reviewed: 11/14/2022

Degree: Business Administration

I took a years worth of credit hours for the Associate business management degree. I decided to not continue with this institution because there is no professor communication at all. Half of the online material can be googled. The only way to contact is a 1-800 number and you have no idea if you're actually talking to a licensed professional or the janitor. I tried to apply the transcripts to georgia highlands college for spring 2023, and THE TRANSCRIPTS WEREN'T REGIONALLY ACCREDITED!! So now I have... Read More