Arizona State University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (181)
ASU is a great school to study in. ASU has interdisciplinary and innovative programs of study. ASU provides a great education in all undergraduate and graduate programs.
Poor/non-existent use of the case method, far too much emphasis on research trivia - most instructors had little/no 'real-world' experience. Material was also too easy. 'Socratic Method' never used. No effort to provide a structured approach to application.
I like many others chose ASU for the convince of being able be a distance learner at a reputable brick and mortar institution. I had a great experience. My professors and TA's were extremely helpful and actually taught classes. Online lectures were what you would expect if you were in an in class environment with added power point presentations. I really enjoyed my time there and am exploring my options to obtain my Graduate Degree from this institution. I am seriously surprised at all the negative reviews.
I researched many online institutions and eventually made the choice to attend Arizona State University. I completed my Master's in Criminal Justice mostly for my career and to eventually teach part time at the local community college. I read many mixed reviews and came to the realization that I needed to make a choice because every online institution had their pros and cons. I am very satisfied my choice and happy to have graduated from a credible institution. Remember, you will get out what you put in. So read the assigned material, put your mind and heart into every assignment and you will be glad you did. The amount of work depends on the professor. Some professors wanted a short paper every week and a final paper at the end of the course. (Each course is 7 weeks). Some professors only required discussion boards and a final exam. I never had an issue with communication. Professors or their assistants always responded quickly. Remember you are an adult. You are responsible for giving yourself enough time to get your questions answered before an assignment is due or to fix an issue.
I'm a bit older (35), and although finishing school probably won't influence my career path, wanted to finish school for personal reasons. I found the program to be manageable with work, and of course, you'll get out of it what you put into it (for the most part). The Technological Entrepreneurship program is pretty good, I enjoyed the courses, however, I think it's important for those looking at ASU to know a few things up front. First, this probably comes as no surprise to you, but this university is out for nothing else than to increase it's profit margins. This means that if you've got an issue that you need to address with someone above your instructor, you'll probably receive a very dismissive response because any confirmation of instructor misconduct would be an admission that ASU is not actually all that "innovative" which translates to fewer students attending online classes to fill up the coffers. I enjoyed some of the general studies courses, however, there were a few that have and will really hurt the university as a whole, and those are what I'll focus on for the remainder of this review. Just for a bit of background, I'm a decent student, am graduating in 2 weeks with a 3.91, and have no qualms about spending entire weekends to exceed the requirements if possible. In one particular course, I'd turned in a research proposal (psychology), and got it back with a 30%, and some very unprofessional comments. Shocked, I wrote back to the instructor to ask for some appropriate feedback so I could understand where I'd gone wrong, and to ask that she refrain from unprofessional comments in the future. After 72 hours, she wrote back, very apologetic (as I think she assumed it would be followed up with legal action). However, I simply told her "no problem", I'm happy to move forward, and start over, as I truly wanted to just get through the class with no further issues. The next week came, and after spending ~50 hours on the next assignment, she gave me a zero and said that she couldn't grade the assignment because it was in .pdf format, and that I needed to resubmit it as a .doc (claiming that it was stated in the syllabus ). After thorough review of the syllabus by myself and two other people, not a single thing was said about the format. I tried to resubmit in .doc format, however, once an assignment is submitted, the particular version of "Blackboard" doesn't allow for it to be submitted again. I sent via email and asked that she accept it as such or to please let me know how to resubmit it via Blackboard, however, never got a response. I emailed 5x more times, but never got any response. Since then, I've emailed the department head, but have yet to resolve the issue - it's been 12 days. This is not a one-off instance, unresponsive instructors are a norm at the university, and I've dealt with this on multiple occasions. At one point I emailed the dean of the school, and received a dismissive email about how he was "sure" that nothing like this was happening by any of his faculty. The bottom line: Technological Entrepreneurship is a decent program, however, if you're looking for a school that takes education seriously, ASU is not the place to pursue those ambitions. I'm not overly sensitive, but I can certainly call foul when enough is enough, and for the money that you spend, you'd expect nothing less than a quality education.
Really poor teaching, lazy professors, and classes not relevant to the field. Missing several important subjects. Department head is senile and one professor in the department is emotionally abusive to the students. Professors didn't respond to emails, show up to classes on a regular basis, and were incredibly rude. They made it apparent they didn't want to teach.
I can’t speak much of the school for an on-campus degree but the online program is very expensive for what you are getting. Depending on the degree program you are trying to achieve many of the core required classes are only offered one time per year, which can delay your graduation date 2-4 semesters. About half the classes I took for my degree, Business-Global Leadership, the ta’s did most of the correspondence and grading. So you are basically paying for a grad-student to do the professor’s work. Some classes have unexpected fees for lock-down browsers or an app that listens and records you while you take tests or quizzes. That would be good but the test and quizzes were open book and notes but you still had to pay the extra money for it. If I knew what I know now I would have attended a different school to complete my degree. How ASU has such high ratings in some of the nationally distributed magazines like Forbes and USNEWS is hard to believe.
This is an overly expensive for bad quality professors and learning materials.... Expect lots of random charges on your account and the most expensive textbooks/online access codes imaginable... Avoid wasting time and money here... Don't be fooled by their quick course schedule. It's been a miserable experience. Good luck finding a good professor, especially in physics.
I can tell you that my community college that I attended beforehand was a better school and had much better instructors. They screw you over financially and charge you a new fee every chance they get and are too greedy to waive fees for services you never use. I highly recommend going elsewhere and have already changed the mind of a couple of my friends who were going to attend here. Don't let them continuously screw you over financially like they have done to me, especially when you have other bills to pay.
It's a pretty school with lots of amenities but the teachers are low quality. I learned most of what I was supposed to be taught by watching MIT lectures online. Why can't all schools have the same caliber of professors as top Ivy League schools? We live in sad times.