BLOOMINGTON, MINNESOTA -- I graduated high school in 2005 where I was an AP and honor roll student. Of course, I went straight into college. However, my father came down with cancer and I moved back home after about a few years. After his fight, he ended up losing his battle. Meanwhile, I lost my personal cheerleader. So, I didn't have the motivation to go back to school, and I joined the work force.
Despite not having a college education, I climbed the corporate ladder very quickly no matter where I worked. Finally, I started working for a company where I had the time to not only enjoy with my social life but extra time I knew I could use to go back to school. After speaking with several different colleges, Rasmussen College is the only, and I mean only one, college that did not harass me like I was trying to purchase a car. When I said I needed a few months to think about it, they didn't even contact me. I had told the same thing to another college, but I ended up in their automated dialer system.
Finally, I ended up speaking with an enrollment representative and getting enrolling as a student of Rasmussen College despite all the bad reviews that I read, which I am glad I did. Not only does their staff have industry experience in the courses they are teaching, they accept the fact their students may have industry experience as well, and welcome it.
Some professors in my first years of college would completely disregard the students' experience. However, all of my professors have accepted I have experience beyond the classroom, and in some instances asked me to speak to the class about it. Granted, I have held back at times, because I know there is a learning process which needs to take place in order to get a good foundation.
In any case, I happened to see this website on Google and felt I needed to tell everyone about my great experience with Rasmussen College since there are so many bad reviews. In all honesty, I read the bad reviews, know the team at Rasmussen College, and can't help but think, why didn't you contact them?!
I have missed assignments at times due to my company requiring I spend extra time on projects, which my professors have only asked that my supervisor notify them and have accepted my work without penalty. If you're searching for an online experience to truly push your boundaries and make you a better professional in your field, I highly recommend Rasmussen.
ROMEOVILLE, ILLINOIS -- This was absolutely the worst decision of my life to go here. At first going in the school for the first time it did seem kind of like a car salesman trying sell me a car or an army recruiter trying to get me to enlist and I should have recognized that and walked away but It was convenient that I can take all of my classes online which I couldn't do at my local junior college and I wouldn't have had to wait weeks to meet with someone like at the junior college which now I look back and I wish I would have been more patient.
As soon as I signed everything and my financial aid went through that's when all their talk about "We're here for you to achieve" went out the window and I could not reach my career counselor and he would never return my messages. The school goes by quarters not semesters. As for the first quarter I took two classes and aced them both and was even on the dean's list but at the beginning of the second quarter I had a couple of personal family issues that I was dealing with that was interfering with me being able to do my school work.
After falling behind I was finally able to get ahold of my career counselor after several calls and explained the situation in depth to him in hopes that he would understand and I thought he did. He said he realizes that I'm trying to make an effort and that they would have to withdraw me this quarter but I could come back for the next quarter. So between the end of that quarter and the beginning of the next I spent my time again trying to get ahold of my career counselor with no success. I even tried going up to the school where I was informed that he was on vacation in Las Vegas.
So the next quarter begins with me still trying to get a hold of my career counselor. I figured if I could get ahold of him I could just start the quarter late and make up the work. Finally after calling several times the secretary at the front desk put me on hold where she would usually tell me that my counselor wasn't in so I figured finally I'll get some answers and be able to attend school again but I was wrong - she ended up transferring the call to the financial aid department and the person answering the phone I believe was the head of financial aid. I can't recall.
The secretary must have told her who was on the phone because the person already knew my name and immediately started discussing a repayment plan for me. I told her the reason I was calling was to get back into school and that I talked to my career counselor and he said that was OK. She ended up saying it was too late and I would have repay in order to attend school.
I proceeded to tell her that I am unemployed and I can't afford it. I then told her of the situation that led me to get withdrawn from school which was very personal to me and something I didn't want to discuss but did anyway in hopes she would understand. Her response to me was that it wasn't her problem and when can she be expecting a payment from me I then hung up the phone.
Now it's fairly easy to communicate with someone at the college. They call my phone, email me, and even send letters in the mail saying that they will either take my tax refund or garnish my wages which is kind of hard to do since I'm unemployed. The letter also states that they could sue me which is also hard to do seeing that I don't own any assets - no vehicle or house and doesn't look like I ever will thanks to Rasmussen since I have no experience in anything and no education that's why it's practically impossible to find a job and also the reason why I wanted to go to college in the first place.
Now I can't go back until I pay back the loan. I owe almost seven thousand dollars for a quarter and a half of school. Maybe one day I can finally get a job as fry cook or janitor or even a bag person and then they can garnish those wages. Now I know I actually don't owe Rasmussen. I owe the government but Rasmussen didn't care about me. All they wanted was the money and they made no attempt to help me get back to school.
I write this review so maybe it helps someone not make the same horrible mistake I made and if you don't believe me check it out for yourself and see if they're not like a car salesman or army recruiter and also look at what they charge. It's almost double a credit hour compared to a junior college.
BURR RIDGE, ILLINOIS -- I enrolled at Rasmussen College Fort Myers Florida, 9160 Forum Corporate Pkwy Fort Myers, FL 33905 (239) 477-2100 over the summer of 2010 in their Paralegal Studies Program. I believe I was scheduled to start school somewhere the first week of July 2010. During the course of the commotion of starting school I find out from my doctor I had to have a procedure done on my lower back and that it would interfere with me executing my studies effectively so I chose to dis-enroll from school within the allotted time frame without penalties.
Now the problem is the text books. Now take to mind I started the first week of school so I had to open my text books which came shrink wrapped, which I had to return those text books to the school which I did and received a receipt for such said text books and it was noted they were taken out of the shrink wrap which is logical because I had to use them but they are in the very same new condition. No marks in them, they were barely looked at. No bent pages etc. Now I understand the economy is horrible but on the other hand it's outrageously pathetic that the school is trying to strong arm me into giving them a 100.00 dollars to re-shrink wrap the books.
How feeble minded are they that they think I'm going to pay them 100.00 dollars to re-shrink wrap the text books. They are going to re-shrink wrap them and re-sell them to another student. I didn't fall out of the coconut tree the other day and I am not a fool. What are your thoughts or opinions? Thank you. Oh! By the way, Rasmussen sent me on a goose chase by directing me to a department that doesn't handle the situation. Nice try Rasmussen College.
Please contact the Rasmussen College Personal Support Center at 866-693-2211, and we would be happy to further investigate this situation. We strive to provide the best customer service to our current and former students, and will work with you to have this issue resolved. Thanks!