Arizona State University Reviews
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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.
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.
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.
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.
If you are a working adult and seek to obtain your undergraduate degree to further your career, but lack the time to attend on campus courses, ASU Online is a great option. I have compared my experience with my courses taken on campus at U of A and in all honesty, I learned much more through the online studies. People may complain that you don't get enough attention when you work online, but take into consideration the amount of students per the amount of TA's and one instructor. Instructors will reply within 72 hours and your questions will be answered if you utilize the proper routes of communication. Some classes were simple and easy to complete, others were more difficult and demanded attention, overall there were many different teaching styles and many new and interesting things to learn. I was able to work full time, graduate from school, and still raise my daughter by myself. As long as you have the motivation and passion to learn, you will succeed. Good luck future students!
I would not recommend this school for sure. I am enrolled in the MSBE program here. I do not have any problem with coursework as the program is good and the best part is that the faculty is very good and much more competent than many of the best universities in the USA. However their administration is terrible. Instead of supporting students, they will always try to obstruct things merely because of their ignorance, attitude, lazyness and may be some internal politics. And if you are an internatonal student. Get prepared to face all kinds of obstacles related to your internship, jobs etc. despite of having good offers at your table, to an extent of loosing the offer just because of hostile attitude.
Do not attend ASU. Its highly expensive. Most people attend this school for the parties. Let me tell you, there are hardly any parties my friend. The few parties you can find, are exclusive, frats or 'cool' people. ASU is pretty much just reliving your high school years. As far as your education, you'd honestly be better off going somewhere else. The education here is awful. Especially in the engineering school. You get loaded on with tons of coursework that is impossible to keep up with. Very few teachers curve and expect way to much of you. I am trying to do you all a favor. Also, the dorms are awful. I have had multiple cockroaches in my dorm room and mold growing on my carpet because the maintenance beanors don't know how to fix our shower pipes properly. Not to mention, it is very dangerous in tempe. Someone was STABBED on CAMPUS GROUNDS. There was a drive by shooting ON CAMPUS GROUNDS. Nobody is friendly at this school either. Everyone is very cliquish here compared to my friends schools. I went to visit my friends at there respective schools and I had a blast! In the 2 days I was there I met and befriended 7 people. People at ASU feel they are too rich and good for you so there is no bothering to make friends. The girls here aren't even that attractive to be honest. You would never have a chance with of the girls at this school unless your a 12/10 in attractiveness. That is how dumb girls standards here are. I hope this informally written review helped influence your choice in avoiding this school. If you already decided to attend, good luck my friend. Let me know if you need help with schools to transfer to because that is what I did after attending 1 year here. STEAR CLEAR OF ASU!
If you are attending ASU online, don't expect much attention. I had to send multiple emails just to get an answer a week (or more) later. This happened often. The certification program will not prepare you to teach. Ask lots of questions prior to enrolling in any program online. I had to transfer to another program in order to be properly educated and pass the certification tests.
I absolutely love ASU! The professors have been fantastic, it's very easy to get in touch with my academic advisor, and all online areas are user friendly. The classes are no different that on campus classes, which I appreciate, as ASUs online degree is just as valuable.
The structure of online learning environments desperately needs to be restructured if it is going to justify the price of the courses. 1500 USD a course(Which is more than it costs to attend in person) for watching pre-made videos is unacceptable in my opinion. There is almost no teacher student interaction beyond waiting for a TA to make followup posts on a forum. Pre-made Video lectures should be used to support course material not teach it. We have the tools to host steamed classroom sessions which is the way it should be. Very disappointed in ASU's online learning system and will not stay enrolled for fall 2015. As it stands now I am forced into attending because thankfully the credits will transfer to another school, however I would not pay beyond what a traditional community college would charge for equivalent courses. Additionally the degree I was pursuing was titled as "Software Engineering" but the truth is that it is more of a management degree than a programming degree, which also has a lower employment rate. In todays world where when it comes to computer science specifically you need to do better than post videos that you can find for free on YouTube. I understand your getting a grade but is paying $1500 a course really worth it? Especially considering attending on campus is cheaper and definitely a more enriching environment while providing more degree options. Im sure there are better schools out there for cheaper, so my advice is don't buy into the hype. I really hope that in the future Online Courses are developed to be more interactive because right now Schools seem to be jumping on the bandwagon to take advantage of people who can't necessarily attend in person.