Arizona State University Reviews
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As a homegrown Tucsonan, I never thought that I would find myself attending Arizona State University. I am, after all, a true Wildcat fan at heart. A number of reasons have brought me to this University, along with my critical eye for their methods and curriculum. I was once an attendee of the University of Arizona, where the inevitable ASU bashing was fervent and frequent. Though I never paid much attention to what was said specifically, I do remember that ASU was said to grade on a bell curve. That memory was brought to the forefront of my mind when I begun my first semester at ASU. Do they really grade on a curve? Does that mean making As will be easier? My brain was suddenly filled with questions about my new school, which allowed my unconscious thoughts to make potential excuses for my perceived work ethic. Now that I sit on the other side of the proverbial glass, I have found that grading on a curve is not synonymous with stupidity. Though it does happen, it does not mean that the ASU student body is of a lesser quality like my U of A counterparts had led me to believe. My experience at ASU has exceeded my muddled expectations. I have had some brilliant professors within the psychology realm-- some who have both challenged my mind and broadened my perception of life itself. Though I have encountered a few teachers with whom I did not mesh, that is par for the academic course. If I were to allow a few bad apples to cloud my judgment of the education I have received, it would devalue my entire experience. When I made the decision to attend ASU, I let the trivialized opinion of others undermine my decisiona major no-no for a young adult embarking on a significant life experience. I am currently a proud ASU student, my time at this University has taught me to trust in my own decisions, and pilot this life of mine without my parents in the jump seat.
Choosing a major in science or engineering will have a better chance of getting a job after graduation. Art and music are wonderful hobbies that you can do on the side if you really love them. It is easier to switch to your hobby as a source of income than the start working in creative arts when the economy is still down.
The teachers in the physical science department were very knowledgeable with actual field experience to relate in their teaching.
It was amazing .there was always help on campus . The Campus was clean .
Very expansive comparing to the quality of program. Math and Physics lectures are awful many times. Testing and home work process is painful. If you are comfortable with self learning or have enough time to kill over homework problems, this is a good place for you. Some test are multiple choice but many require final answer to be plugged. Good luck with earning credits for such a heavy work load. Try attending to old fashion class room and paper system, if accommodation is possible for you. It is more fun that way.
There are several things that I love about Arizona State! For one, it does a lot of work to encourage incoming first-year students to attend events and community programs. The administration clearly wants its students to feel included in the college experience. If someone was interested in a club, there is probably one that already exists in the several hundred clubs and organizations that are located between the campuses. There are several events that take place, for free, during welcome week especially, such as a Tiki Luau, a Target discount shopping experience (specifically for ASU students, filled with goodies) and Fall Welcome Concert (B.o.B., Pharrell Williams, Mac Miller, etc.). There is a large selection of colleges, majors, minors, and classes to choose from, so you can take anything that matches your interest. Several of its schools are leading in their fields and recognized nationally i.e. Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Mary Lou Fulton School of Education, and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. School spirit is an everyday thing. Sparky makes stops in the Memorial Union and events, maroon on Mondays, gold on Fridays, and everyone shows up to the football games. The facilities are almost all very nice, including a brand new wing on the student fitness center. I my experience, faculty and administration are generally very open to listening to your concerns regarding your experiences. There are several opportunities to speak with the president of the university, Michael Crow. With its broad expansions, there is truly a place for everyone between its multiple campuses and online programs. It is truly a university that spoils its students. Conversely, there have been several shortcomings with certain aspects of ASU. First and foremost, there seems to be a monetary charge for everything. From paying fees to graduate, to parking, athletic and gym fees (regardless of if you attend or not), and parking, once again because it is that bad. Housing on campus can become a difficult process, especially for upperclassmen. Choices are limited and spaces can seem pricey. Unfortunately, at times housing can be a difficult office to navigate answers from since they are consistently training new workers. This is the same with financial aid. They offer a 24/7 online chat where you can ask questions, which seems like a great idea, until you find out that the people may not necessarily be associated with the office specifically and can only answer the questions to the best of their personal knowledge. The office has been known to give students the run-around when seeking information as well. ASU strives to be a diverse campus, which it does fairly well. It still is a predominantly white campus, though, so occasionally there are issues with hate crimes and insensitive acts. Administration is usually quick to act on these situations though. There is also a lack in diversity in the faculty and staff. Of my time in the architecture school, I only had 3 instructors who were female, and only one who was not Caucasian. Although I understand the general demographics of the profession, more diversity here would not hurt either. This is a common theme across campus. Another downside is becoming an upperclassmen looking for involvements. It seems as though the campus forgets about you. You receive far less invitations, emails, and alerts about happenings on and off campus. This can be discouraging if you did not find your niche as a freshman or incoming transfer student. The food options on campus, though wide, had very few options if you had dietary restrictions or were looking for healthier options. Over the years they have been improving this, but until recently options were fairly limited. ASU attempts to have a Safety Escort Service, which will take students from point-a to point-b within certain hours of the night. The issue is the inefficiency in it. Often times a person could wait for more than 30 minutes to get a ride, even when their wait time is a fraction of that. I do not know how the service worked internally, but I have even been told by the drivers themselves that they will sometimes cheat the system to get off earlier or pickup people less. And lastly, the downside to coming to such a large institution is this struggle to find a niche. While there may be aslew of opportunities for an individual to find there place, It is often times hard to find information and get engaged. Someone could go all four years just floating by, never finding a home. This is an issue that most large campuses experience. Overall, my experience at Arizona State University was definitely a positive one. Though there have been struggles beyond my control, I would definitely encourage others to give this university a try. I am happy with my studies and experiences all around. My college guided me and supported me all four years, and that is something that I am truly grateful for. If someone were to allow it, ASU could easily become your home away from home with a support system like none other. I have been able to meet some of my closest friends here and make lifelong memories. There were times that the university makes their students feel cherished and special, and to me, that is important. I loved my time at this school and will never forget it. Go Devils!
I don't understand all the hate Arizona State gets from people. I loved it, it's the true and traditional style of school where, if you don't try, you don't succeed. And be wary, there are many, many students that are there solely for the purpose of partying. If you're generally interested in your studies, you need to know how and when to study, the school wont walk you step by step through everything in class because there are more important things to be covered. If you don't understand something, the TA's and Professors are all extremely willing to help. GO TO OFFICE HOURS, trust me, even if you understand stuff, just attending with small questions will help create a bond with your professor, and it also makes them more likely to be lenient on your grades if something comes out wrong. The classrooms are high quality, the computer labs are shockingly good quality, and have dual monitors, which is nice.
The Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business Supply Chain Management program is excellent. It is consistently ranked in the top 5 for supply chain programs. They provide classes in most supply chain functional areas as well as an excellent elective in supply chain optimization. I was very prepared for my internship which led to full-time employment. Everyday I use the knowledge gained in my undergraduate studies. I would recommend this program to anyone looking to break in to supply chain.
Overall pretty average university, not that I have a lot of comparable experiences. I think there are some really great professors and classes that I would say were above the average but for the most part an average university. Some colleges had more friendly advisors and professors but I think that is to be expected of any university.
ASU is a great school. The campus is well designed and has a relaxed feel. I just wished I could find a job with a Bachelor's Degree. I'm slowly learning I need a master's in my field to find a job. The School of Geography is excellent and I had very competent teachers.