Arizona State University Reviews
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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.
This school is great at first, but once you are about half way done, not so much. The professors take their time returning emails and grading assignments. The grading is all over the place, and is usually done by "associate" instructors. No support what so ever. Good luck getting your academic counslor to return your messages. Seriously, if I could start over, I would choose a different college.
I will admit, I wish I had done my homework and looked into other schools. I jumped into this school for a few reasons. My father graduated in 1970 from ASU. After I had to drop out of UNT (I would NOT recommend UNT), I needed to finish up. Having my associate's degree, I checked out their site and saw the BAS in Operations Management, The degree accepted my associate's and I went in at year 3. The online format was amazing, and I was doing fairly well. It can be at times more difficult, but the ability to do it around my schedule was amazing. The reason I wish I had done more research is mainly pricing. It was about $450 a credit hour for my degree and I had to rely on federal funding and some student loans outside the school. Luckily my tax returns paid those off. If I had done more research, I may have found another state university on equal level as ASU, maybe better, maybe not quite as good, that had an equally amazing online program for cheaper. Maybe not. I chose not to look into other schools after starting, out of fear I'd find something I wish I had taken instead somewhere else. The degree though is what I wanted, as my associate's was in management, so it transitioned well. I just wish I had more flexibility on electives. What I recommend is this: Research extensively. Do not get pushed into a "For Profit" school. Choose a major that has good career prospects. My motto is this: For the first degree, choose something useful. Then go back and get the useless degree. So if you want to study religious studies, get a degree in engineering or business, finance, whatever, then go back for that other degree. This school is pricey, but if you choose a degree that is right for you, it can be worth it. Be sure to research other state universities as well, but stick to the non-profit schools.
I loved ASU! The professors challenge you, but were also very fair. I had a lot of wonderful experiences on campus as well as off. I will tell you that as an online student there is a bit of a gap when it comes to feeling involved in the ASU atmosphere. I did think it was nice that I received free tickets to an ASU basketball game, but that was only once the entire time I was a student. Being an online student was very time demanding. I did not have much of a social life, as most of my time went to taking care of my son, school, and working. However, it was very nice because I could do my school work from home and around my own schedule, and I didn't feel as though I was getting less as an online student. I read the same, learned the same, and produced a lot more work being an online student. If online is not for you, the Phoenix campus is beautiful. I would take the light rail and step right onto campus which helped me save a lot on transportation. The professors are passionate about what they teach, and that is what I look for in an instructor. I cant think of one teacher that I didn't enjoy as far as my degree program. My degree program was amazing. It is such a variety of things, so I was always learning something new. It wasn't just one subject like nutrition, but exercise and wellness, stress management, behavioral science, neuroscience and much more. The one thing I did not like about this degree is I felt like they didn't focus enough on the career side of things. As I am applying for jobs now, I'm noticing that people want you to be certified in personal training, or certified in counseling, and other certifications. So now I'm in a bind trying to get all these certifications when I wished the school could have stepped in and at least offered these certifications so I could do it all as a student. I feel a little unprepared and since this degree was focused on coaching and theory, it's very difficult to find a career without experience. The experience they are looking for is teaching health classes (like a gym class), being CPR, AED and first aid certified, and having experience in creating and implementing actual programs. I wish I had more opportunities to implement the programs I created in my degree program so that I could have measured the outcomes and see if they were successful. So if you want to do this program I highly suggest that you are very clear with what direction you want to go with it and focus on gaining the experience while you are still in school (if that is possible). I think this degree is perfect for starting your own business, and that is what I plan on doing with mine.
I really enjoyed my time at Arizona State University. I was a part of Barrett, The Honors College there at ASU and i really feel like that gave me a head up in jobs. Many employers mentioned the fact that I was a part of the honors college and liked that. The SDFC is amazing complex is amazing! They have all the equipment and gyms you need. However, the staff at the SDFC are extremely unhelpful and not very professional. My Teachers college program I felt did a pretty good job at preparing me for my future career as a teacher. Their scheduling of some of our classes was not the best, but it was doable. There was no behavior management class, which I felt was really needed. However, I did like that we have a whole year of students teaching where as other schools do not offer this. Overall, I enjoyed ASU, but glad to be graduating and moving on.
I would recommend to anyone ASU. They were very efficient and quick with working on any issue I had. All the professors were excellent in teaching and assisting me outside of class, always eager to help. very quick in processing important paper work for classes, financial aid and transcripts. When I initially started college at a community college I had a negative experience but after coming to Asu they completely changed my experience with dealing with colleges.Overall Arizona State University and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences were amazing with my college experience.
I attended both on campus and online classes, however I while attending ASU I worked full time to try and pay for school therefore went to class either first thing in the morning or at night so I wasn't able to fully socialize with the other students. I did however attend several football games and recommend every student go to at least one and attend any ASU homecoming or event they were awesome and one way to meet other students.
ASU is often stereotyped as a party school without much academic merit, but it truly is an exceptional institution. The best thing about ASU is that despite its massive size, you have access to so much academic, personal, and professional support, that you feel as if you are attending a much smaller institution.