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Arizona State University is a school full of bright minds and creative individuals. ASU follows a mantra of being known "not for whom we exclude, but for whom we include." Because of this, ASU offers it's services to a great deal of students, whether or not they are financially stable, have connections with the university, or any other petty reason other universities exclude students. With such a high acceptance rate, ASU opens the door of opportunity to many great minds who otherwise may not have had an opportunity to further their education or career. I do not come from a wealthy family, so I must pay for my education myself. ASU has provided me with unending service and aid in helping me pay for college, whether through student loans or scholarships. The financial aid office is extremely helpful and provides a huge amount of resources for students like myself. I am currently enrolled in a Biomedicine program through the School of Life Sciences and in conjunction with Barrett Honors College, on a pre-MD program. ASU provides an immense amount of opportunities for research, which is currently helping me towards publishing my first journal article on a study on the physical and chemical nature of the spread and decay of information in social creatures. I am not writing this to toot my own horn, but rather to show that without ASU, I would not currently be on this path. ASU provides many opportunities for students from all walks of life, it is up to you, the student, to take that waiting opportunity.
Over the course of my experience at Arizona State University, I learned a multitude of information based on the theories and practices of teaching. The time that I was able to spend in the classroom, at two sites within a school district, I was able to dive directly into real time experiences that have made me the teacher that I am today. Through the guidance of my mentor teachers, the dedicated class discussions, and the course specific classes I was able to become one of the most effective teachers in my school district. Going to Arizona State's Mary Lou Fulton Teacher's College is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life.
Arizona State University is a great community to learn and thrive in regards to networking. The community is so large that no matter what your interest is, there is bound to be a professor, staff member or faculty member to point you in the right direction. There is a tremendous amount of support here, particularly in terms of student leadership. Student leadership is such an attractive idea when you are surrounded by a university community full of pride and spirit. I am surrounded by a community that is willing to express concerns and share ideas freely - whether that be with the student body president or with President Crow himself, opinions here matter. Although this university usually gets media attention for incidents beyond the university's control, it's important to remember that we are an inclusive community. I see that everyday. I now work as a University Staff member here at the Tempe campus, and students are given every opportunity and support system to succeed. The fact that some students do not take advantage of those opportunities is not reflective of the perceived lack of effort put forth by the university. The one downfall about the university is that it is obvious that particular colleges receive more support than others - both moral and monetary support. That's just the name of the game at every higher education institution. It's particularly helpful, then, that ASU has created the ASU Foundations program with the sole intention of raising funds for respective colleges. Where there's support, they'll find it. You just have to be willing to take the initiative, ask questions and be bold! Go Devils!
ASU is not the place to go if you are looking for an academically rigorous college experience. Professors routinely passed students on who had in reality failed the class by introducing a massive curve, since they are forbidden to fail more than a certain percentage of students. In reality, the students didn't even know the basic competencies of the class. That created a vicious cycle, because then those losers are in your class next semester (which builds on the class they should have failed but didn't), and they don't know what the hell is going on. The professor then teaches to the bottom of the class so he doesn't lose them, and you end up with a degree a few years later and realize that you actually didn't learn a whole lot. The instructors were good quality overall, though I had my fair share of instructors that were of foreign origin, making them very difficult / nigh impossible to understand. The online classes are terrible if you ever take them - basically recorded in-person lectures with all the background noise, people shuffling / coughing, definitely not worth your time. The one positive thing is I went to ASU on a full ride scholarship, so I didn't pay a dime for my school. And now I'm working as an engineer at a company in the top 25 Fortune 500 companies, so I guess all is well that ends well, and I really can't complain. Still, I feel like I got cheated out of what I deserved.
ASU is a beautiful campus, with the ability to easily support a large student population. The campus feels like a tight community tucked neatly into a square mile, with all the benefits of a large school. It's clear from walking around campus that revenue is reinvested in campus resources. Whether you're into athletics or arts, there are many ways to show school spirit and enjoy campus life. Their programs and staff are superior to other public universities because the emphasis is on research and real-world interactions with major companies. There are many resources to help students land great jobs and start their careers post graduation.
I was introduced to ASU when Starbucks started their College Achivement Plan in association with ASU. I think their online program is groundbreaking and an amazing experience. I am a parent and full time Store Manager and I was able to complete my degree after transferring in as a Junior straight through 2 years. Their block system makes mapping out coursework easier because you can see your loads in two class increments. The financial aid information in their MyASU platform made tracking my tuition seamless. There were plenty of people from ASU available for support but I rarely needed to use those resources because the portal itself is so user friendly and informative. All of the instructing staff were knowledgeable about their subjects and created excellent learning environments for their students. Text book pricing was fair and the course work itself was not overwhelming while still drive all the necessary key points. I feel like I gained so much more from my experience while at ASUOnline than just a degree. I was so happy with ASU's online environment that I have continued on with the Thunderbird OMGM through ASUOnline.
I genuinely appreciated my professor's support and guidance throughout my undergraduate career. The materials and readings were relevant to each course. The professors were knowledgeable in the fields of Criminal Justice and Criminology, I felt comfortable with the requirements of each course.
Overall the Criminal Justice & Criminology program at Arizona State University was a great choice for me. The teachers are tough yet caring, and you learn more than you expect going in. Career services and advising for this program in particular was top notch, I was emailed with networking and job opportunities nearly every week. ASU is definitely on the rise.
Arizona State University has an excellent environment something in which students will find ideal for their success. Furthermore, ASU staff will always help you in times of need and will push for achievement. Having someone standing by your side is helpful because you then have someone to support you. On my part, an ASU advisor, Donovan Lee, from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice was there for me in all cases, and that is unforgettable.
Arizona State University (ASU) is home for everyone irrespective of where you come from. The school has qualified professors who are always ready to help you achieve your goal. One thing I found exceptional throughout my journey at ASU is that most of the professors go on an extra mile to ensure that students are satisfied with the help they need. The academic advisers, on the other hand, will help you with the type of class you need to take each semester so that you will not the behind your major map.