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Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2015
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Finances are horrible at the school. They will steal you blind. Account for every penny and make sure you have everything well documented. Use emails instead of calling. Online experience is reat for the first class then the quality degrades as you advance in your college degree.

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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2015
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This school is unorganized. The advisor's are not knowledgeable at all. They do not know how to do their jobs. When asked if they have a degree or if a degree is required to work as an advisor, the advisor will hang up on you. lol What a joke of a school. The only thing this school is good for is the bars located close to campus. The personnel must frequent them often.

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Degree: Music Performance, General
Graduation Year: 2011
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Arizona State University is a place with a huge number of possibilities - there are so many degree pathways, professors, and students, that one can find ways to build toward a successful career in any field.

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Degree: Design and Applied Arts, Other
Graduation Year: 2008
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Overall, I feel that the design college at ASU has drastically improved since I studied there. The most noticeable differences from a recent visit were that the advising center has more the tripled in size both in square footage and also staff. This could really help to shape a student's education.

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Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2013
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Lots of eclectic people. Interesting professors. I felt well prepared to enter my profession.

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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2009
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ASU is a great school with a large variety of majors/degrees to pursue.

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Degree: Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology
Graduation Year: 2010
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The College of Design at Arizona State University strikes a balance between large universities and personally education. The large university provides the often desired college experience, opportunity to meet a variety of people with a variety of backgrounds, interests, and goals. The personal education comes from being a part of small, specialized school within the overall university network. The College of Design was very self contained and allowed for deep relationships with people with similar interests and goals. The high expectations and intensive course work drew students together and allowed for a real sense of community.

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Degree: Design and Applied Arts, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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I believe the academics are great but the size of the school and student to teacher ratio can be very overwhelming. I like to connect with my teachers and it's almost impossible to do at asu.

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Brandon Jackson - about 1 month ago

Well If you go to the Tempe campus there are alot of people. If you go to Polytechnic, Downtown, or West they have wayyy smaller classes where teacher actually know you and it is actually nice.

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Degree: Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
Graduation Year: 2015
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I wish I could tell you about ASU’s on-line graduate classes but their career coaches from the beginning left a very poor first impression with me. You will find the career coaches follow a check list and treat you like a number, not a person. They are not able to answer many detailed questions about the program you are interested in or are willing to find answers for you. They will provide you guidance on when you need to have you application fee and other information completed. I have read many articles about online master programs and support that you should expect while pursuing your degree. I have decided that customer service is important to me and will spend my time and money at another school.

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Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2015
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There are really two separate schools here --the campus school and the online school. I attended the online school. What I found was that the stated work load for the courses did not match the credit hour ratings. For instance, the 2 credit Intro to Engineering Science course had some interesting content, but it required 12 hours weekly to manage it, with some weeks reaching to 30 hours. The typical work load for a 2 credit course is supposed to be roughly 3 hours for every credit, or 6 hours. The course itself had material that was quite interesting --creating a musical instrument. But a large portion of the final grade is based on the work group playing a song together in the proper key and notes from instruments created. Many of the students were panicked about creating instruments, and there were points removed from creativity for not coming up with an idea solely yourself. And the constraints on the instrument materials made the project quite tricky for novices, leading to a lot of extra time working on a design. This was not the only anomaly. The C++ course that was 3 credits was about a 6-8 hour workload per week, had difficult to understand videos for course instruction, and a new programmer would have a lot of difficulty managing the programs without a lot of consultation. Discussion forums only go so far. Calculus is what finally drove me out. Most college calculus courses are 15 weeks long. All of ASU's courses are 7.5 weeks long. And that's compressing an already difficult subject into a very tight timeline with requirements to make high grades to continue in the Engineering program. There are no 15 week online courses. Calculus and Physics are run with the Pearson tools, and many students complain that they are never sure if their wrong answers are due to not entering the answer in the way that the tool requires or whether they just got the problems wrong. But I seriously question the mastery of a subject in a 7.5 week compressed course. It is VERY difficult to manage this hurdle. As noted by others, instructors and TAs don't always answer email promptly. If you are overseas, finding tutoring that will fit your hours is going to be quite difficult. The hours run are Arizona standard time. I also found that the course graders for some subjects were not actually grading the homework. There was no feedback after the work was graded. And I found that on some occasions, work that I turned in incomplete got perfect scores while other work was meticulously graded but not feedback given for points taken off. I wondered if it is possibly a degree mill or a cash cow for an established school. Those students in the US thinking of taking this should instead look at community colleges for basic credits in math and physics at cheaper prices with longer terms. These courses are crucial to STEM degrees and should not be rushed through without thoroughly understanding the material.

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Possum - 2 months ago

Work loads are increased when the semester is compressed. Work load is 2-3 hrs for out of class study for every hour in class, for a 15 week semester.

A 2 credit hour course is 2 hours of in class study, and would then have 2-3 out of class hours per credit hour (4-6 hours out of study + 2hrs = 6-8hrs). This would be for 15 weeks, since it's crammed into a 7.5 week period, the number of hours would adjust accordingly. 15 divided by 7.5 is 2 times 6-8hrs is 12-14 hours per week.

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OnlineEngineeringStudent - 2 months ago

@Possum, That is correct, that the hours outside of class would adjust. However these shortened classes for every course makes the mastery of a subject suspect. At our local state University, the calculus and physics courses needed for an engineering degree are run in an 8-week course over the summer semester. The students that take that course successfully already have mastery of the subject before they attempt it --either from failing the course during the regular semester or transferring in with the knowledge already and just needing to punch the ticket on the course credits. How would I know? I used to work at that University on student success analytics. I seriously don't believe that the students are getting the support that they need to truly understand the subject. Plus, in even that 2 credit course, there was a lack of support from the staff. It truly was sink or swim without any backup. I don't think I've ever had a course where graded work did not have feedback for the student. If you already have all of the working knowledge of the engineering field, this sort of approach will work. If you are a typical student coming in, you will likely die on this hill under the pressure of these compressed semesters and no support.

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Steven - about 1 month ago

How is your progress in the program? I was looking to applu

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