Arizona State University Reviews

  • 721 Reviews
  • Tempe (AZ) (and 4 others)
  • Annual Tuition: $19,398 - $29,428
86% of 721 students said this degree improved their career prospects
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Kevin
  • Reviewed: 9/14/2022
  • Degree: Mechanical Engineering
"This was the email I sent describing my situation, trying to request a partial refund. The school lost my transfer credits and was not helpful at all. And they did not refund me a damn thing! 09/10/2022 To whom it may concern, I am writing to let you know that I have had a horrible experience here at ASU. I took college classes in person at Stark State College here in Ohio from 2005 to 2009 and obtained 2 associates degrees in Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Design Engineering. About 3 or 4 years later, after I finished college, I decided to go back to get a higher degree, but found out that a 12 hour shift and 1 class in person was too much for me. I have recently started checking for online classes about a year ago and was exploring my options on where to go. When I found out about ASU and the online Mechanical Engineering program back in May of this year, that really got my interest, especially on how the program works. It really excited me in a way where I could do classes on my own time and get a bachelors degree with a possibility of going higher in related engineering programs, particularly Quality, Reliability, and Statistical engineering. I started my transfer of my credits and got a notification that it was successfully transferred by June 9. I was watching on a daily basis for my status to change from “Pending”. After about 2 weeks, I decided to call to see if there was anything holding it up, just to be told that they do not have my credits. I talked to several different people over the course of a week or so, but Sara Brandt helped me with the process after that. It took about another 2 weeks just to find my credits. Once my credits was found, it took yet another 2 weeks just to go over them. All of that wasted time where they lost my credits had really upset me since I wanted to sign up early for classes so I can get better prepared and get refreshed on some of the topics again. Since I did not know where I was going to start, or if I was going to start at all, I just waited until they finished with my transfer. By July 26, I messaged Sara that my credits was transferred, but was still confused as to what was transferred. After she assured that I can just sign up for English 2 and Calculus 2, I was just going to start with that and finish with the rest of my transferring later. I initially tried to sign up for English 2, but didn’t realize that all of the session A classes were taken. My success coach caught that and told me that I still need a class for session A. So I chose Calculus 2. By that time, it was already within the first week of August and classes started very soon. I had just enough time to get a book and some other supplies just for the class to start. My issue was, I did not have nearly enough time to refresh my mind at all like I wanted to. When I took the class, and watched the first video of integration by substitution, it only showed about 5 examples. It took me by great surprise that most of the homework problems had nothing to do with the video. I had to research each and every problem, which took me hours per problem. I tried various youtube videos and websites just to find possible answers in how to solve the problems. The next day, I tried to message my professor, Mark Ashbrook, that I am struggling in learning with this, and he just redirected me to Khans Academy, the tutoring center, and the discussion board to get help. I tried the discussion board. Not only was it confusing to read out the problems like “((5x^2-(x-2)) / ((e^x)+5)”, sometimes it took an extra day just for another student to answer me. It didn’t seem like it was even the right way leading to the answer, which confused me even further. I tried the tutoring there; not only did I have to wait awhile just to get a tutor, but it seems like not every student had the same resources. Some seemed like they were using a mouse pad trying to draw equations, in which it was mostly scribbles. All they did was help me with 1 problem then they were done, I had to be reshuffled back with another tutor. After 4 hours, not only did this seem to waste a lot of time, I did not learn much of anything from the tutoring. After a week of struggling, I messaged my academic advisor that I was struggling a lot, just for her to tell me that I was already passed my drop out date. This did not make me happy that it was so soon. I did not realize that I was already passed it when I messaged her. I just told her that I will wait until the test to see if I need to withdraw from the class. I was struggling so much that I did not have hardly any time to study the other chapters. When I looked at the discussion board the weekend before the test, someone made a post asking others, “does anyone think that this class seems indefinitely harder than the other calculus course you had taken?” At least 5 people plus myself agreed that it was much harder. I messaged the professor again shortly after that, this time requesting some help from him personally, but again, he re-directed me to Khans Academy website. It seems like he did not want to help me at all, and I started wondering what was the purpose of his job. He did not help or try to teach me anything. When I got to the test, since I hardly even went over some of the last chapters because of myself falling so behind, I did not do well. I did not know half the problems and only answered 6 out of 16 correctly. So I ended up having to withdraw from my class. All of this is highly upsetting to me since I expected more from this college. For how expensive this college is, they do not have hardly any reliable resources to help me learn. I did not see any hints or help from the homework. Also the problems did not reflect to what the examples were. They were much more difficult and there was nothing I could relate to. I had found some websites that could answer some calculus questions, but for a premium price, they could explain step by step on how it was done. It would have been very beneficial if I had access to a practice program at no extra cost to the students for self help in a much more reliable and quick way, without spending countless hours on researching problems. This practice section, which can be separated by the level of math your doing, can show detailed solutions and hints, one step at a time, to help you learn more efficiently and quickly. Doing the same problems, but with different numbers to help you learn the procedures of formulas and how they are solved would have been a game changer. I believe repetition is key to learning in math. Plus you have it in all one place to learn, without searching so many websites and videos outside the college, wasting countless hours. I had tried calling student aid and told them my entire story of what I had just wrote. I was trying to ask for a partial refund, since I was only in the class for 2 weeks, and had a bad experience. They told me there is no refund at all. I was highly upset at this, due to not only the poor learning I received there, but the fact that since the college had lost my credits in the beginning, and set me off by over a month, in which I could have been refreshing my mind on some of these classes, I fell behind and struggled. This is definitely not the experience I wanted. I was expecting to be able to get a great learning experience and to get a great upgraded degree. Instead, I had nothing but issues here. Because of all these issues here, I feel that I should be entitled for at least a partial refund due to the college losing my credits, which is not my fault, and the poor learning structures the college had. I did not learn anything while in class, and the professor did not help me one bit. I feel like this was entirely a waste of my time and money here, and will decide to go to a college in person since I will be able to get help quicker and more efficiently. Please respond with what you feel a fair resolution would be for the school and myself."
Graduate Student
  • Reviewed: 8/4/2022
  • Degree: History
"Excellent initial instruction. Incisive and historically based under luminaries such as Robert Citano. These first 12 hours are followed deviation into "memory, memorials and monuments," less than compelling "electives" and revisions of papers that were irrelevant the first time they were assigned and remain so thereafter. The second half of the program is supervised by junior professors who lack compassion and substantive ability to motivate. I deeply regret my decision to attend this school."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 7/8/2022
  • Degree: Communications
"ASU online is a joke. I am currently in the MA in Communication program and there is horrible communication . The professors give very little constructive feedback and the TA’s are useless. I was told this is a go at your own pace degree program that is not true. It’s accelerated and we are doing a full semester’s worth of work in 4-7 weeks depending on the class. I work part time and many other students work full time and/or have families. The structure of the program and professors do not take these factors into account. They are very supportive and helpful in the beginning but as the program goes on they basically don’t care. A success coach will call once a month and give you a generic line about being there to help and offer guidance but they just give you online recommendations to websites and other resources through ASU that are of zero help! Forget about getting an appointment with the graduate writing center it is always booked and the undergraduate one is a joke. They have a peer to peer model which means students are helping students. I see how this can be helpful to a point but they need to hire actual writing instructions/professors to assist students especially at tte graduate level. They do not make things flexible for students as they claim. The professors and a majority of the otter students do not want to help or make connections they want to get things done and move on. They need to offer other methods of teaching their courses like a true go at your own pace and a cohort option. Having more options will help students pick a model that works for them. And their learning style, Help. Student retention and improved communication between students and staff. I would not recommend this school for an online MA/MS degree unless you have a lot of time and don’t care about interpersonal communication and making connections and not getting little helpful support."
Just Me
  • Reviewed: 4/25/2022
  • Degree: History
"I loved my time at Arizona State online! I transferred in as a Junior (went to college right out of high school, never finished) and finished in four semesters. The quality of education was superb; the curriculum and professors are the same as for on-campus students. ASUOnline is more traditional than some other online programs; expect quizzes, tests, papers, lectures, exams, etc. (although all asynchronous). Most of the classes were organized extremely well for the online format; just be prepared to work hard. Each semester is separated into two 7.5 week sessions (A and B), so the material is greatly accelerated compared to the on-campus students. However, even working a full time job with a family, I was able to take 3 (and in one semester 4) classes per session, but it wasn't easy. If you actually want to learn and get your money's worth, I would highly recommend ASUOnline over some of the other options (SNHU, WGU, etc.) because the quality is much, much higher. I'm proud to be an ASU alum!"
Joshua Wenger
  • Reviewed: 3/3/2022
  • Degree: Information Technology
"You’ll get a degree, but you probably won’t learn anything. Online “classes” consist of old PowerPoints, poorly formatted quizzes, and grading without actionable feedback. You’ll have to teach yourself whatever it is you want to know with nearly 0 input from instructors. Save your money and hit up WGU instead."
Benjamin Hunter
  • Reviewed: 2/22/2022
  • Degree: English
"This is a higher education "turn'em and burn'em" scheme. They churn out graduates offering substandard, inconsistent, and, at times, incomprehensible education. The course and loan structure is somewhere between financial entrapment and a bait-and-switch. The whole program is horribly misleading. They talk a good game but fail to deliver. Point out obvious course design flaws... it falls on deaf ears with program administrators that are ready with excuses. Courses with professors consistently ranked on Rank My Professor as "awful." In the day and age when we talk about the high cost of higher education, we also need to be talking about the quality of that education. What is the recourse for students with credentialing organizations and lending institutions that endorse and facilitate them to lure students in and fail to deliver on high-cost, and presumably higher education? ASU Online is a profit machine exploiting students and the COVID virus."
Jason
  • Reviewed: 12/1/2021
  • Degree: Mechanical Engineering
"There is a reason ASU rated Playboy's top party school for so many years. I transfered from Glendale Community College, AZ. My tuition went up 200% and the level of educational experience dropped through the floor. I took several programming courses and the only computers in the classrooms were on the professor's desk. When looking for supplemental study material for my mechanics of materials, I found the PowerPoint slides and lesson plans on another school's website from a course that had been retired more than a decade prior. My Chemistry course was like being in a coffee house. The prof refused to control his classroom and I could only hear 10-15% of the lecture, even up front. These are just a few of the grievances I have against the academics of this worthless school. The school says that your tuition goes completely towards your education, not to the sports teams. I spent $5+/ht for parking on top of a ridiculous tuition but my tuition included free tickets to any home ASU sporting events. There were lots of beautiful buildings and wonderful landscaping. Professor's were frequently unavailable during their office hours. I am happy to say I did not graduate from ASU. I would hate have to put it on my resume. I moved on to a different school. Do yourself a favor...pick a different school."
Anon Student
  • Reviewed: 9/20/2021
  • Degree: Business Administration
"If you are going in person, from what I hear from others this can be an amazing school, if it is online, just run. You are not a priority, you are not taught, you are handed a book and basically told good luck. The amount of run around you must perform to get questions answered, with the unrealistic expectations laid out for timelines is ridiculous. Most people online are working and going to school. The school is not set up for that despite their claims of being flexible, unless you are willing to basically drop off the face of the planet and dedicate your every living and breathing moment to try and study a topic with little to no help and google/youtube as your teacher then maybe you can get it to work for you. It is unfortunate but it's the reality I have continuously faced with this school."
Marie
  • Reviewed: 7/9/2021
  • Degree: Human Services
"I received an online Masters Degree from ASU. I do believe that you will most likely have a good experience if you attend in person. However, they treat their online students terribly. I was never able to get a meeting with an advisor because they only make themselves available for students who attend in person. I did not get the experience I was hoping for. They also will not help you with career placement after you graduate"
MSC - Big Data Student
  • Reviewed: 6/29/2021
  • Degree: Computer Science
"It took me just over a week to familiarize myself enough with the course and program to know that it is wasn't put together as well I needed it to be for the $1500.00 cash I had paid for this course. By then however, the reimbursement time was over by one day per ASU. I love alternative formats and was impressed with the outward structure of ASU's program (modular certificates leading to a Masters) - but the details were sloppy and all over the place. I couldn't shake the feeling that I would be better prepared in the course topic if I had taken a $15.00 Udemy course. Udemy, however, unlike ASU, takes responsibility for the quality of their content and offers a customer satisfaction focused, 30 day guarantee for their courses. ASU needs to have accountability for student (customer) satisfaction. They need to not hide behind delusions of "advanced curriculum" and focus instead on course improvement. They need to take student feedback and give student refunds."
Mikel Cassara
  • Reviewed: 5/19/2021
  • Degree: Anthropology
"If you enjoy radical feminist and strange grading then I recommend attending ASU. My whole outlook of education has changed and I never knew teachers could be scandalous and whatnot. I’m a good student and WELL above average. Please don’t attend this school...Please don’t let your son attend ASU. Please!!! Run!!!"
Student
  • Reviewed: 3/10/2021
  • Degree: Electrical Engineering
"This school is great at one thing and that’s getting you started with your degree. Other than that this school does not accept a lot of transferable classes. They are very disorganized with the curriculum and they spend no time educating you in your classes. I do not recommend this school especially for military."
Nohazing
  • Reviewed: 1/30/2021
  • Degree: Art & Design
"I went to ASU for one year and left. After being there for one semester, two former students told me that the professors like to haze you the first and second years and by the third year, you’ll love them. Once I heard this, the way they treated me made sense. They would “forget” to invite me to gatherings outside of school or leave me off of emails. One professor told me that they forgot I was a student there (there were only two of us new students in the program.) Also, in my first critique a professor told me I hadn’t suffered enough to paint the kind of paintings I do. And a third professor did not help me when I asked for it, instead the reply to my email was harsh, uncaring and rude. I would highly recommend not going here for the the MFA Painting Program."
Austin H
  • Reviewed: 12/12/2020
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"I’ve read through the comments and felt compelled to write an accurate review from the perspective of a 28 year old, married with three children, disabled veteran and full time employee. I’ve seen quite a few reviews saying that “the program is not meant for working adults...” I’ll be the first to tell you that it is. If you have the work ethic, you can absolutely achieve a degree. There were times I would have to get up around 4-5AM, before the kids were up, just so I could complete assignments. As far ASU, I actually transferred back to ASU because I found it truly challenging to attend another institution in person. The flexibility of ASU’s platform is really what allowed me as a non-traditional student to graduate. The classes can be challenging and the shift from Blackboard to Canvas was a god send. I enjoyed my time there. The only fault I have with ASU, is their finance department/veteran benefit department. It practically feels non existent. I’ve had periods that were not certified until a week before the course was over. Just remember, the only support you have (from what I’ve experienced) is yourself. You will have to be a self starter to get your work done and address any institutional issues."
RM
  • Reviewed: 11/13/2020
  • Degree: Information Technology
"I have enjoyed my time with ASU online. Very challenging as if I was in an actual class. The only thing I disliked is the financial department. Recently I had to do a medical withdrawal due to my wife being diagnosed with cancer. Tho I was approved for the medical withdrawal the finance department still wants me to pay for the entire class I withdrew from. A hold was put onto my account and can not register for any classes until it is paid off. I would understand if I withdrew without an actual good reason and was put on a hold. But after this experience I can say they do not care about people’s health or family. They could have at least allowed me to continue my classes in January like I was planning while paying for the class I withdrew from. So now I am deciding to finish else where."
Rachael Gillis
  • Reviewed: 11/9/2020
  • Degree: Psychology
"If you want to check a box of completing a bachelors degree then this school can do that for you. You will do a lot of work in some classes but not all. It is a very impersonal school so don’t expect to make connections with your instructors. If you want to go on to graduate school, I would not recommend doing an online program unless you have a way of doing teaching assistant jobs with a university or doing in person research since the professors at this school have no interest in writing recommendation letters. Overall if I could do my bachelors in person I would since it would most likely be cheaper and more advantageous for me, but since I work full time in the military that’s not an option. If you are a student who has the choice of going to school in person do so, it will be better for you in the long run."
Bass Reemer
  • Reviewed: 10/14/2020
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"ASU's sales pitch of "college for working adults" is absolutely laughable and blatantly false. If you have a fulltime job with any kind of commute you are still required to do the exact amount of work with the same time limits as a student without a job. So exactly "how" does it benefit fulltime adult workers? I'll answer this- It doesn't and it is only a 'bait and switch' to get more funds for the school. If you are 'only' a student living on campus or at your parent's house without a fulltime job then maybe it can work. Waste of time and money for me."
thespideybc
  • Reviewed: 2/12/2020
  • Degree: MSW
"Online experience is almost completely hands-off. If you want to just do the work and get a degree, then maybe this is the place for you, but I have learned very little thus far and am very displeased because I'm paying so much. I don't think the majority of the professors care, let alone want to talk to anyone. The co-instructors are hit or miss. Some have the same mentality, others are good and communicate well. I've sent emails to various co-instructors and some have been rude and condescending. But, I like having discussions and contact with professors and co-instructors. I feel I'm paying you, then you should be focusing on MY education, not your full-time job with your private practice. The courses are 7.5 weeks long and they cram a bunch of garbage assignments at you. For the last 2 semesters I have read and re-learned material that we covered extensively in the last semester, which was pretty common knowledge. If I would have known (which I had red flags but ignored) what this was going to look like, I would have gone with Boise State, Fordham U, or Simmons U. I'm still questioning if I should cut and transfer to another University before completing..."
Aimee W
  • Reviewed: 12/28/2019
  • Degree: Biology
"Arizona State University has a wonderful biology program. They give you the ability to choose the classes that interest you. I was able to take marine biology type classes in the middle of the desert! The professors are amazing and truly do care about each and every student. It is hard to find a university that not only has a wide variety of course but that houses staff that truly make an overall difference in your life."
Tara Thompson
  • Reviewed: 12/8/2019
  • Degree: English
"My time at ASU was one I won't find myself forgetting. I know that is something many may say of their alma matter but I feel it rings true for me. The classes I took in ASU's English program were equal parts challenging and enlightening. I found myself eager to attend class and ready to tear my way through readings. I also felt urged as a writer to continue to improve instead of letting myself stagnant, thinking I had peaked. I will always be grateful for this time at ASU because it gave me plenty to build on as I continue my lifelong journey of learning."